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Burnley v Barnsley

4th January 2019, 12:58 by Warren Ashurst

Burnley could welcome back three long-term injury victims for their FA Cup third-round meeting with Barnsley at Turf Moor.

The Clarets go into the match following back-to-back Premier League wins over West Ham and Huddersfield, but have won just two of their last six matches in the FA Cup.

Sean Dyche has been given welcome news on the injury front, with Steven Defour, Stephen Ward and Nick Pope all ready to make their returns following long-term injury problems.

Midfielder Defour has been sidelined for a month but Dyche says he has a "good chance" of featuring on Saturday. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Pope has not played since dislocating his shoulder in July and defender Ward has sat out the last three months following knee surgery.

Barnsley, who have won just one of their past 10 visits to Turf Moor, head to Lancashire unbeaten in their last five matches and are currently fourth in the League One table.

Their boss, Daniel Stendel, has also received a timely fitness boost with the news that leading scorer Kieffer Moore is available again, having missed the last three games through injury.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2013-14 Championship campaign, as the Clarets did the double over the Tykes - winning both fixtures 1-0.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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