Burnley’s match in opposition to relegation rivals Watford on Tuesday has been postponed after the Premier League accepted the Clarets’ request for a delay on the grounds they’d fewer than the required variety of gamers out there. Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche, talking at a press convention on Monday, mentioned solely 10 first-team gamers took half in coaching that day earlier than the membership requested for the postponement. Dyche added Covid-hit Burnley have been in a worse place than they’d been earlier than the Premier League agreed to name off Saturday’s match in opposition to Leicester, with Charlie Taylor having suffered a knock in coaching.
“We’re at such a stretched moment in time that it’s very difficult all round,” Dyche mentioned.
A press release launched by Burnley and the Premier League late learn: “The Premier League board accepted Burnley’s application with the club having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to ongoing Covid-19 cases, injuries, and representation at the Africa Cup of Nations.”
Amid considerations over a rising variety of postponements, Dyche insisted Burnley had not made their request to the Premier League frivolously.
“We’ve worked really hard to get games on when we’ve been stretched but it’s just too far below the threshold,” he mentioned.
Dyche didn’t reveal what number of of his squad had Covid-19 however careworn the issue was greater than only a numbers problem.
“There are some ‘double bubbles’ as well. Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) is injured and has Covid…There’s a mix of what’s going on and it stretches you to the limit,” he defined.
Saturday’s recreation was the fourth time this season Burnley had a match known as off attributable to Covid-19, however the first time the request had come from the northwest facet.
The Watford match had already been rearranged — it was initially scheduled on December 15 however was postponed due to optimistic instances within the Hornets’ camp.
Burnley final performed on January 8, after they have been with out seven gamers for his or her 2-1 FA Cup loss to Championship facet Huddersfield – a match Dyche and coach Steve Stone missed following optimistic assessments.
Burnley have performed solely 17 Premier League video games, the fewest of any English top-flight group up to now this season, and are backside of the desk, three factors shy of Seventeenth-placed Watford.
In all, 21 Premier League video games have been postponed this marketing campaign attributable to Covid instances.
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