Latest on injury to Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood

Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood is to see a surgeon today (Wednesday) after suffering an horrendous ankle injury at West Ham on Sunday.

The former Aston Villa man was stretchered off at the London Stadium after an innocuous challenge with Hammers forward Nikola Vlasic, and was taken straight to hospital.

A club statement later that evening said: “Ashley Westwood today suffered a serious injury to his ankle.

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“He is doing well and with the club doctor and will be assessed by a specialist in the coming days.”

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And interim boss Mike Jackson updated the media on his situation on Wednesday morning: "It is really disappointing for him and the group.

"He is going to see a surgeon today and the club doctor is going with him.

"We will find out more later whether he needs more in the terms of an operation.”

And Jackson hopes to give Westwood a lift by beating Southampton live on television on Thursday night, with the players keen to ‘do it for Westy’.

Jackson said: "He is such a popular member of the group and that will hopefully be something else we can tap into in terms of putting a smile on his face when he turns the telly on tomorrow night.

"It reminds you what you are doing it for.

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"He is such an example and a role model around the place."

Burnley will hope Westwood has a similar turnaround in terms of returning to fitness as Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott, who returned to full training in January after sustaining the same sort of injury back in September.