League two weeks break, totally perfect for us – Dyche
Burnley Manager, Sean Dyche has stated that the two-week break as a result of FA Cup actions next weekend is exactly what his tiring squad need at this point in time.
The Club hopes to welcome back record signing, Chris Wood, and defender, James Tarkowski from injury in the coming days so they can be available for the next Premier League encounter with Southampton on the 24th of February. They are in a poor patch of form as a result of several injuries to major players such as skipper, Tom Heaton, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour.
They have only picked up just five points in a possible 30 from their last 10 games but despite their poor form, the club is still positioned 7th sitting only below the recognized “Top Six” in English Football.
Defender, Stephen Ward was fit to make the bench in the 1-0 loss at Swansea City on Saturday after missing more than two months as a result of a knee problem. Phil Bardsley was unavailable due to a hamstring injury while James Tarkowski has missed more than six different games in the last 10 through injuries and suspension. The same can be said of Jon Walters and Dean Marney, both of whom have also missed a significant part of the season.
Dyche, full of excitement and pleasure believes that the two-week break will be very helpful to have his depleted squad resuscitated as they will be welcoming a lot of first-team members back from injury during the period.
While speaking with the Clarets official website, he said: “We’re hopeful of getting bodies back over the two-week break.
“A couple of weeks have come at the right time, I think the players need a break from it all.”
“Wardy as you saw, is back but only just trained last week so he’ll have another couple of weeks under his belt and we’re confident with Woody and Tarky, Dean Marney, and they just add that layer to the squad.”
“Once the group is back together again, they all look around and say ‘alright, this is us getting back to where we are as a collective’, and I think that’s important when you have such a tight-knit group.”
“We’ve had two of the kids with us just in case, and that’s as stretched as it’s ever been since I’ve been at the club, but that’s no excuse. “We’ve got to take care of our own business, it’s just a fact, that’s all.”