Clarets Hit By Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Sean Dyche admits he has never experienced the catalogue of cruciate knee ligament injuries that the Clarets squad has been struck with in the last fourteen months.
Sam Vokes was the first to fall victim towards the end of Burnley’s promotion season, meaning the striker missed much of the Premier League campaign. After Vokes’ Boxing Day return, Kevin Long then went down with a similar injury on his top-flight debut, at Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.
He was followed by Dean Marney in February and Ashley Barnes has joined the duo in the treatment room after adding his name to the list of cruciate casualties in the 1-0 win at Aston Villa on the final day of the season.
Speaking about the injuries Sean Dyche said, “I’ve never seen anything like it, when you look at Vokesy, no-one near him, Dean Marney had minimal contact, Longy jumped in the air and twisted his knee and Barnesy someone fell on him.
You can’t imagine that would happen three times in a season and one at the end of the previous one, it’s just a freak run of events. They are the uncontrollables, you look at the way we work here, it’s well known about the strength of the group physically.
It really is an anomaly and we obviously hope that doesn’t come round again. On the plus side, Dyche said Barnes’ knee surgery had been a success. With Barnes set to be sidelined for most if not all of next season, it will be between Long and Marney for who reports back first.