Burnley boss Sean Dyche provides updates on defensive duo ahead of Man City/Everton double

Sean Dyche's Burnley have flirted with relegation all season


Burnley manager Sean Dyche has, on Thursday, provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of the club's upcoming Premier League double header.

The Clarets will mark their return to action on the back of the international break on Saturday afternoon, in a daunting showdown with champions and table-toppers Manchester City at Turf Moor.

Then, four days later, Dyche will lead his side back into action, when Burnley play out one of a number of crucial games in hand against fellow relegation candidates Everton.

If the latest comments on the part of the club's boss are anything to go by, though, then the Lancashire club will be forced to make do without a number of key performers for not one, but both fixtures.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday evening, Dyche was asked for the latest on the wellbeing of his squad.

And the tactician went on to reveal that all of Ben Mee, Erik Pieters and Johann Berg Gudmundsson look unlikely to be fit in time to face Everton next Wednesday.

On a more positive note, though, Matej Vydra looks primed for an imminent return:

"Vyds is probably more likely to be around it. Ben, I doubt it. I doubt it with Erik and I doubt it with Johann."

Blues showdown

Though they are of course unlikely to emerge with anything to show for their efforts upon the full-time whistle sounding versus Manchester City in 48 hours' time, it is imperative that Burnley secure at least some form of haul when they play host to Everton next week.

The Clarets, as things stand, sit 19th in the Premier League table, with just 21 points from 27 fixtures.

Everton, though, sit only four points clear of Dyche's troops, hovering just clear of the drop zone in 17th.

A win over Frank Lampard's faltering Toffees in six days' time could therefore (depending on the weekend's results) guide Burnley to within a solitary point of Everton, in the process dealing their survival hopes a timely boost.


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Conor Laird

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