Steven Defour Ruled Out For Rest of Season
Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is set to miss the rest of the season after under-going surgery on his injured calf. In conjunction with the Club medical staff, Defour has seen a couple of specialists to try and get to the bottom of the problem which has kept him out of Premier League duty since the start of December.
The outcome has been an operation back in his native Belgium which is expected to delay a comeback until after the end of the current campaign. The latest surgery will hopefully restore Defour to full fitness following a testing year for the midfielder. Having played a key role in laying down the basis for the Clarets’ seventh-place finish last season in the Premier League, Defour was forced to undergo a knee operation in January 2018.
Speaking today Clarets boss Sean Dyche said, “Steven has had another operation on his calf back in Belgium, we have been waiting to find out how it’s gone, but it was done to release the calf muscle that is too tight. He has had it done many years ago and this was similar so the surgeon he used before did it and our head of medical, Ally Beattie, went over to watch and oversee it. Steven is recovering now and we are very confident that will clear up the problem. But obviously it’s unlikely he’ll be back before the end of the season, which is a bit of a blow.”
The latest bout of surgery will hopefully restore Defour to full fitness following a testing year for the midfielder. After returning for pre-season training a number of set-backs have interrupted his progress since and limited the former Belgium international to three cup appearances and a run of six league starts. Apart from the absence of Defour and Aaron Lennon, who is being eased back following knee surgery in the middle of December, the Clarets have a fully fit squad for Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.