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Burnley could be without nine players for Manchester United fixture

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Burnley could be missing up to nine players for their game against Manchester United on Tuesday due to a combination of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests.

United travel to Turf Moor knowing that a victory will move them three points ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race before the two teams face off at Anfield on Sunday.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche announced that the club had recorded a ‘couple’ of positive coronavirus tests last Friday but they were still able to fulfil their FA Cup third-round tie with MK Dons, which was won on penalties.

“We will wait and see,” Dyche said when asked about the availability of Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jimmy Dunne, who all missed the cup game.


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“A couple of Covids in there and a couple of just precautions by the guidelines so we will wait and see if they are available but we are very hopeful.

On the Covid situation at the club, Dyche explained: “They have been double tested so hopefully we will have people available. The only issue we have, which many will, is that we will have players coming out of a 10-day lockdown period as such and then gong straight into games.”

Charlie Taylor, Dwight McNeil, Jay Rodriuez and Kevin Long all missed Saturday’s game through injuries and remain doubts for the visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“It’s touch and go with these players that are close, we are going to have to make a call ourselves,” Dyche said in his pre-match press conference. “Some of the players are desperate to get back out there and sometimes we have to make a call on that. We will have a look at that today and it is similar for the three of them.”

On Long, he added: “He rolled his ankle last week so we will have to wait and see if that has settled down enough.”

Nick Pope also sat out the match after picking up a knock in training but Dyche is hopeful the goalkeeper will be back on Tuesday.

“He rolled his ankle on Friday but it wasn’t a serious one. He could have in theory have started the game at the weekend but we were cautious,” he said.

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