Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has confirmed that he will miss the restart of the Premier League season through injury.
With football in England’s top flight league set to return next Wednesday, Sean Dyche’s side will make their return against Manchester City on June 22.
Sitting 10th in the league table as things stand, the Turf Moor outfit will be looking to push themselves up towards the European places. However, boss Dyche does have a number of injury problems ahead of the fixture against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Joining Barnes on the sidelines potentially is leading scorer Chris Wood, who is likely to miss the trip to the Etihad stadium, and Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, whilst Jay Rodriguez and Matt Lowton have both been recovering well from their respective injury issues and should be in contention to play.
Barnes will obviously be a loss to Burnley’s side, especially considering Wood’s potential absence, and it will hand Dyche a headache. Indeed they have netted 17 goals between them in all competitions this term (BBC Sport).
The Burnley boss will not worry too much. The club are safe (almost) from relegation and they should now be looking ahead to potentially going one better next term in what will be a fifth successive season in the Premier League.
However, this injury news could present a major opportunity for Rodriguez, should he be fit. The ex-Southampton striker has scored five league goals this season, but has only managed 12 starts to date having largely played back-up to Barnes and Wood (Transfermarkt).
With them set to be missing, he may have the chance to nail down a starting berth in the coming weeks.
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