Injury update ahead of Burnley’s home game with Wolves
Burnley host Wolves on Monday, with Sean Dyche again expected to be without Jack Cork, Dale Stephens and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Cork, who extended his contract to the summer of 2022 on Friday, needs more game time after playing 45 minutes for the Under 23s last Monday - his first action since fracturing his ankle at the end of June.
And Dale Stephens, who played 70 minutes in that game, could also require another outing before being available for the first team.
Gudmundsson is slightly behind that pair, as Burnley ease him back after a number of niggles.
Dyche said: “Corky is going to be a few weeks yet, he still needs more reserve football.
"Dale probably needs at least another one as well because he has been out for a bit of time.
"Bardo (Phil Bardsley) played in the week so at least he is a bit fresher and a bit more up to speed.
"Johann is not there yet, we are being careful with him.
”He will get there but he is not quite there yet, so we are just layering up his training schedule and then into the game schedule.
”He is not a million miles away but we have to make sure."
Dyche anticipates a tough test against Wolves, although he personally has only lost once in eight meetings, having beaten Wanderers in his first game in charge of Burnley in November 2012: “I think they’re a good outfit, they’ve had a couple of injuries, particularly with the centre forward (Raul) Jimenez, and we hope he’s well on his way to recovery obviously.
“They can affect it in different ways, they have to be taken seriously like all sides are at this level.
“He’s changed the format slightly, looking at a four as well as a five, and they’re a good outfit.
“Historically we’ve had good results against them, but we’ll have to work hard to get another.”
Burnley go into the game having claimed nine points from six games, in which time they have picked up four clean sheets and lost only once, at Manchester City.
Dyche is pleased with the mini-run after a tough start to the season: “It’s not an easy thing to do, it sounds it on paper, but it’s not. We’re really happy how that’s turning around, with the clean sheets as well.
“We need more goals as well, but it’s finding that balance.
“While we’re doing that, the key thing is if we’re not quite effective in the front of the pitch, you have to be at the back, and we’ve found that.
“Now it’s about the balance between the two. Historically we’ve found that, the margins have been important.
“We found them again at Villa to get a good clean sheet, on the back of a great win at Arsenal.
“We don’t want to pick it too far to pieces, we know there is still work to be done, particularly in the attacking sense.”
A few weeks ago, Dyche was fielding questions about a testing run of fixtures, which included games against City, Everton, Arsenal and Aston Villa, but Burnley have negotiated that schedule well: “People don’t always remember that. People were offering me questions with that doubting tone, and all of a sudden we’ve picked up four points and two clean sheets from the last two, Everton a nice point there.
“People were wondering, and nothing is solved, it’s a season’s work, and it’s about adding to the defensive base in the attacking third, hopefully turning draws into wins.”