One in, one out for Burnley ahead of Spurs clash

Erik Pieters is a doubt for Burnley’s clash with Spurs at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Matt Lowton
Matt Lowton

But Matt Lowton could make a timely return to fitness.

The versatile Pieters filled in at right back at West Brom on Monday night after Phil Bardsley had a positive coronavirus test.

However, he is struggling with a calf injury, with Bardsley also doubtful as he awaits the results of a second test, as he isolates.

Lowton suffered ankle and knee injuries in the Carabao Cup exit to Manchester City, but could be available after returning to training.

Boss Sean Dyche explained: “Matt Lowton is back training, so that’s good, he’s making good progress, so he’ll be considered.

“Erik Pieters got through the game but he has a minor calf injury, so he’s a doubt, certainly touch and go.

”With Bardo, it’s just going through the protocols now, retests etc. He’s okay in himself, he’s not had a big hit or anything, which seemingly is the case with a lot of football cases, so I’m led to understand.

“It is kind of one in one out at the moment, which is unfortunate, but the bigger picture, we are getting people fit - Jay Rod is back, Barnesy, Tarky, they’re getting that match sharpness and fitness as well, Johann, Robbie Brady, they’re beginning to get back to us.“

Skipper Ben Mee was back in training with the first team on Wednesday, but will need something of a mini pre-season after being out since the end of June: “Ben Mee is getting better - he’s not there yet, but he’s back on the grass with the first team squad, so that’s good.

“He will need a bit of an extended period because he’s been out quite a long time, so we’ll have to look after that side of things.”

And Jack Cork, out for a similar spell after ankle surgery, is also realistically looking at next month before a return: “Corky was always going to be a long-term situation, but he’s beginning to make progress, back running and easing back into top fitness.

“But he’s a bit of a way yet.”

Bailey Peacock-Farrell is also yet to return to training, after suffering a minor hip problem in the warm up before Northern Ireland’s game in Norway last week.