Southampton take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor in their Premier League clash on Saturday night.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl may have thought he had it bad with two key injuries already occurring in the early stages of the 2020-21 season.
However, any football fan should be sparing a thought for Dyche as injury has decimated his first team squad.
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In probably one of the longest and most significant injury lists seen in a long time, Burnley have up to 7 (SEVEN) first-team players miss out on Southampton’s trip to Lancashire on Saturday.
Two of those who are likely to miss the Southampton game for Burnley is former Saints pair Jay Rodriguez and Jack Cork.
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This ravaged Burnley side are also likely to see James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Joey Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes miss out.
“Tarky’s [Tarkowski] still not available at the minute, injured,” said Dyche after Burnley’s Carabao Cup win over Millwall earlier in the week. [H/T Hampshire Live]
Rodriguez is a fitness doubt, but could be available for Burnley against his former club.
“It’s not ideal, we’ll give it 24 hours to settle down, it’s more of a twist,” Dyche said of Jay-Rod’s injury picked up against Millwall.
“The lad dropped his foot on him and twisted, no malice, an accidental thing, but it was as he rolled his ankle, so we’ll wait and see the extent of it.
“But I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he’s fit over the next few days.”
Speaking about some of the other players out injured, Dyche revealed:
“Ben [Mee] is doing well on the grass. His has been a longer period than what we thought and he had a minor re-injury along the way. He is settling again and is working on his base fitness.
“[Gudmundsson] did twist his knee and the scan shows there is some damage but it’s not as serious as we feared at first and that’s good news.
“We think [with Brady] it’s bruised ribs and they can be sore. He’s been carrying it since being away with the national side, and unfortunately got a bang on it again. We’ll see how that settles down.”
Given Southampton’s poor record against Burnley of recent, now looks to be a better time than ever to face the Clarets despite our own poor form.