Erik Pieters set to return for Burnley, but Jack Cork still unavailable

Erik Pieters could return to the squad for the visit of Crystal Palace to Turf Moor on Monday night.

Erik Pieters
Erik Pieters

But midfielder Jack Cork, whose last game came at Palace at the end of June, suffering an ankle problem which required surgery, is still returning to full fitness.

Pieters has missed the last two games with a calf niggle, but Dyche, speaking to Burnley’s official website, said: “Erik is making progress.

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”When it happened, he said he would be fit next week, and we weren't quite so sure with the benefit of scans.

”He is making progress.”

Aa regards Cork, he added: "Corky is back on the grass, not with us by any means, but he's back jogging and running.

”He is getting his ankle mobilised and getting the strength back in it."

Dyche will deliver another injury briefing at Thursday’s pre-match press conference, and will hope his international come through Wednesday night’s final round of games unscathed, with Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gudmundsson on duty at Wembley for England v Iceland, while Matej Vydra is with the Czech Republic to face Slovakia, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long take on Bulgaria with the Republic of Ireland, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell is with Northern Ireland for their game with Romania.

Dwight McNeil came on for the last 14 minutes of England Under 21s’ 5-0 won over Albania at Wolves on Tuesday night.

Phil Bardsley and Dale Stephens are also expected to be available after missing the game at Brighton with minor injuries.