Sean Dyche has this evening provided fitness updates on a pair of his side’s stars, ahead of their meeting with Manchester City.
Burnley back in action
The Clarets are set to welcome champions City to Turf Moor tomorrow evening, for their latest Premier League outing.
Both sides will head into proceedings in search of a bounce-back performance, on the back of disappointing respective results over the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues stuttered to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle, further denting their slim title chances.
Burnley, meanwhile, were put to the sword by 2 goals to nil, at home to Crystal Palace.
Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp eventually proved the difference between the sides, bringing to an end a streak of 2 straight victories for the Clarets.
A difficult afternoon for Burnley on Saturday, meanwhile, was also compounded by a blow on the personnel front.
Late in the first-half, Charlie Taylor picked up a hamstring problem, eventually resulting in the stopper being forced off to be replaced by Erik Pieters.
And Taylor, who had only recently returned from a previous lengthy spell on the sidelines, is therefore a major doubt to feature versus Manchester City tomorrow night.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference this evening, Sean Dyche confirmed that Burnley are ‘awaiting a final decision’ on their full-back:
SD still awaiting a final decision on Charlie Taylor’s fitness, although thoughts are it is not a serious hamstring injury.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 2, 2019
Taylor, though, is not the Clarets’ only fitness concern ahead of tomorrow.
Ashley Westwood, who missed out at the weekend due to suspension, is struggling with a groin issue:
SD confirms Ashley Westwood, who missed the weekend game through suspension, has a slight groin problem that will need checking out ahead of Tuesday’s game v @ManCity
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 2, 2019
Arsenal bested by Chelsea
Mikel Arteta took charge of his first home game as Arsenal boss on Sunday.
The Gunners played host to Chelsea as they looked to put an end to their poor run of form.
Chelsea also went into the tie in pretty terrible form, however, Frank Lampard’s side have been much better away from Stamford Bridge this term.
But despite Chelsea’s away form, it would be Arsenal who started Sunday’s tie on the front foot.
As has so often been the case this season, it would be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who put the North London outfit in front vs Chelsea.
After Aubameyang’s goal in the 13th minute Arsenal would keep up the pressure and looked the much better side.
However, despite their much-improved start to the game, the Arsenal we have become accustomed to seeing in recent weeks began to appear as the tie went on.
Chelsea would eventually draw things level at the Emirates after Jorginho slotted the ball into an open net thanks to a Bernd Leno error.
OH NO LENO!
Nightmare for the @Arsenal keeper – he completely misses the punch allowing Jorginho an easy goal!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 29, 2019
The Blues then produced a superb counter-attack 87 minutes in, which Tammy Abraham finished off to give Chelsea a probably undeserved 2-1 victory.
Arteta gives update on Chambers
As well as giving away a lead at home, the Gunners were also dealt another blow on Sunday.
Calum Chambers was forced off the pitch 23 minutes in vs Chelsea and replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
Calum receives a standing ovation as he is helped off the pitch…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 29, 2019
Now, after the defeat, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has provided this update on Chambers:
“The doctors are assessing him. The first feeling he got, it wasn’t very positive.” As quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
Big injury updates for Arsenal
Arsenal have provided injury updates on several players ahead of their clash with Watford, including Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney.
The Gunners haven’t had an ideal start to the season in relation to injuries.
Summer signing Kieran Tierney is yet to start a game this season due to an ongoing injury problem.
The Scottish left-back hasn’t even played a competitive game since May.
Meanwhile, fellow full-back Hector Bellerin has not featured since back in January after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Rob Holding has also been out with an injury, having ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United back in December last year.
Now, Arsenal have provided an injury update on all three players.
Several players on track for September return
In a statement released on Arsenal’s official website, the club revealed Holding is back in full training with the squad.
That could even put him in contention for the clash with Watford on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are targeting a September return to training for Hector Bellerin.
Their statement claims Bellerin is ‘continuing with on-field rehabilitation’, and is ‘progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.’
The same timescale is given to Kieran Tierney, with Arsenal also suggesting return this month is possible for the Scottish left-back.
Finally, Arsenal also give an update on youngster Dinos Mavropanos.
They reveal that, like Tierney and Bellerin, the player is aiming to return in September.