Sean Dyche says James Tarkowski is recovering well after hernia surgery but is unlikely to be available for the clash with Newcastle. 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 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,” added 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.”