Tarkowski expected to shake off knock to face Stoke
Clarets centre back James Tarkowski is expected to shake off a knock to face Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Sunday.
Tarkowski picked up an unspecified problem in Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Turf Moor, and, with Ben Mee also a doubt for Sunday, having missed the last three games with a shin injury, Burnley are sweating on the newly-capped England international’s fitness.
Burnley have carries only three centre backs all season, and Sean Dyche would only have Kevin Long as a recognised senior player in that position, though he has unorthodox options in the form of Charlie Taylor, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley, who could play there.
Dyche said on Tarkowski: “It’s settled down overnight. I’m think he’s going to make it.
”We’ve been carrying the three main centre halves all season and we've done well with that.
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“It’s the complexities of it, we’re not in a position to be a player for sake of it to fill a hole. That player might be £10m.
“We have to look all over the pitch, we’ve brought in players and we’ve lost some. Contractually we’re in good shape.
“It’s a constant thing. It’s a constant search for the next player who can grow into it.”