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Dyche happy to give Bardsley time

12th April 2019, 09:44 by Tom Hill

Burnley manager Sean Dyche may be without defender Phil Bardsley for Saturday's meeting with Cardiff City at Turf Moor.

The former Sunderland man is nursing a leg injury after he suffered a deep cut during a freak training accident.

Bardsley cut his leg while playing head tennis at Burnley's training base and Dyche has confirmed he is now a major doubt.

Fellow defender Matt Lowton could now retain his place in the starting XI but Dyche will definitely be without winger Aaron Lennon due to a knee injury.

Belgian Steven Defour is also out due to a calf problem, while Peter Crouch is recuperating following appendix surgery and may not play again this season.

Dyche admits he will give Bardsley as long as possible before the end of training on Friday but he admits nobody is to blame for the issue.

He told reporters: "He's touch and go. They were messing around on a head tennis game and he caught the edge of the table and unfortunately cut his leg quite badly. We'll make a decision on him probably tomorrow.

"The modern table is a very fine bit of equipment but just misused on this occasion by accident but I'm not remotely questioning the equipment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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