MX23RW : Friday, April 19 00:59:52| >> :600:12732939:12732939:

Burnley's James Tarkowski expected to miss Newcastle clash

Burnley's James Tarkowski expected to miss Newcastle clash
© Reuters
Tarkowski underwent a second hernia operation two weeks ago.

Burnley are likely to be without James Tarkowski for Monday's Premier League clash with Newcastle after he underwent surgery to repair a hernia.

The England defender withdrew from the World Cup standby squad to try to fix the problem in the summer but has been affected over the opening months of the season.

Burnley took the opportunity of the international break to send Tarkowski for a second operation after he saw a specialist, and he is recovering so well that he has not yet been ruled out of Monday's match.

Manager Sean Dyche said: "He's going nicely on the grass. He's not quite with us yet so Monday's probably going to come too early for him but he's making good progress.

"I think there was a slight opening that can sometimes happen. So when they got in there it wasn't anything too drastic and it was dealt with pretty simply. We're very hopeful on a quick return."

Burnley have been unexpectedly shaky at the back, conceding 25 goals in only 12 Premier League games, but they achieved a much-needed clean sheet against Leicester before the international break in Tarkowski's absence.

"It's given a chance again for Kevin Long, who delivered a good performance at Leicester," said Dyche.

"Tarky's proved to be a very good player. We want him back fit, we want all the lads back fit. The more fit players we've got, the better chance we've got because I believe in the group mentality."

Injury issues have contributed to what has been a largely disappointing start to the season for Burnley, but there are positive signs.

Ben Gibson has had two hernia operations since making only his second Burnley appearance in August but is now close to a comeback, while goalkeeper Nick Pope is also back in training following his shoulder dislocation and concern over Steven Defour's knee has proved unfounded.

The Belgian only returned from a serious knee injury in September and was forced off against Leicester after twisting it.

Dyche said: "He's made really good progress and we're expecting him to be fine, he's trained very well. Ben Gibson is over the worst. He'll join in with the development squad this week in a game, hopefully on Saturday.

"He's had a really good week's training, super-fit professional anyway, he's looked after himself. I'm looking forward to having him back of course and I'm sure he's looking forward to being back after an interrupted start to his Burnley career.

"Nick Pope's been back on the grass with Billy Mercer. Not training with the first team yet but making really good progress. So I'm really pleased with that and we're beginning to show strong signs of numbers coming back our way."


Click here for more stories about James Tarkowski

Click here for more stories about Burnley

Share this article now:
General view of Burnley's Turf Moor taken April 2018
Read Next:
Stone takes charge of Burnley Under-23s
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool34267177205785
2Manchester CityMan City33272486226483
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs332211064343067
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd33197763441964
7Leicester CityLeicester34145154645147
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford33137134748-146
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace34116174046-639
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3396183253-2133
18Cardiff CityCardiff3494213063-3331
RFulham3455243276-4420
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3435261967-4814

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account