Burnley could be without Charlie Taylor for the final two games of the season after he was forced off during yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Wolves.
As per Lancashire Live, the left-back suffered a hamstring injury in the game at Turf Moor and Sean Dyche hinted afterwards that the 26-year-old is likely to miss Saturday’s trip to Norwich, with the season finale against Brighton also potentially passing him by.
Taylor has been a regular presence in the Burnley line-up this season, featuring in 24 Premier League games for the Clarets and being ever-present in the division since mid-December until yesterday (as per TransferMarkt).
He now joins an extensive injury list at Turf Moor which also includes Ben Mee, Jack Cork, Matt Lowton and Ashley Barnes, with Jay Rodriguez also going off with a tight calf against Wolves, although Dyche indicated that the striker’s withdrawal was precautionary, as per Lancashire Live.
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With Taylor set to miss at least one match, if not two, Erik Pieters is likely to revert to his traditional left-back role, having played on the left and right of midfield since the Premier League resumed last month to compensate for the absences of other players.
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The Dutchman’s return to left-back will leave a vacancy to fill in the wide midfield positions, but Dyche can at least draw relief from having two recently-injured wingers back available. Johann Berg Gudmundsson has featured as a substitute in Burnley’s last three matches, while Robbie Brady came on yesterday for his first appearance since February.
The loss of another first team regular in Taylor is not what Burnley needed when they already have such an extensive injury list, even if it is just for one or two games.
However, the silver lining for Dyche and the Clarets is that he has Pieters available to take over from the 26-year-old and, in turn, Gudmundsson and Brady back in contention to fill the void that the Dutchman will leave in midfield because of his redeployment to the defence.
Burnley fans, how badly will Taylor be missed if he is out for the rest of the season? Comment below with your views!
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