Sean Dyche ready for a difficult start as he weakened Burnley's battle on two fronts

Sean Dyche admits that Burnley needs to dig & # 39; while fighting on European and national fronts

& # 39; We're going to have to dig & # 39 ;: Sean Dyche ready for a difficult start, as the weakened battle of Burnley on two fronts

  • Burnley will have to fight hard to overcome injuries, according to Sean Dyche
  • The club opens its Premier League campaign in Southampton on Sunday
  • Istanbul Basaksehir visits Thursday for the third qualifying round of the Europa League

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Sean Dyche admits that Burnley will have to & # 39; dig & # 39; during the first weeks of the season while trying to balance the demands of two competitions and injury problems.

The Clarets will face Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday after playing three Europa League matches and the third-round comeback match against Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday.

Dyche selected a team for goalless draw in Turkey last week, partly with Sunday's shock in mind, but his hopes of juggling players have been hampered by a series of injury problems and a window of opportunity. difficult transfer.

Sean Dyche admits that Burnley needs to dig & # 39; while fighting on European and national fronts

Sean Dyche admits that Burnley needs to dig & # 39; while fighting on European and national fronts

He could only name six substitutes, and Chris Wood, Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Nick Pope, Tom Heaton and new signing Matej Vydra were not available.

Striker Wood and goalkeeper Heaton should be available against the Saints, but Brady and Vydra will get a bit of playing time in a under-23 match on Monday while improving their physical condition while Defour and Pope will be out of the game for more. weather.

Dyche said at burnleyfootballclub.com: We've just reached a point where we're a bit diluted with the players. They're getting in shape, but we're going to have to dig in the next few weeks until the players start getting in shape again.

& # 39; This first part is going to be about that; make players fit and do their best with the players available, and then get stronger. "

Burnley flew in from Istanbul immediately after the match on Thursday and they returned to travel on Saturday afternoon to prepare for the first game of the Premier League.

Joe Hart debuted for Burnley against Istanbul Basaksehir with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton out

Joe Hart debuted for Burnley against Istanbul Basaksehir with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton out

Joe Hart debuted for Burnley against Istanbul Basaksehir with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton out

Dyche said: That's the new challenge for all of us. People will judge the effects of the (Europa League) on time, but now is not the time due to the diluted group we have available through injuries and fitness levels.

– It is what it is, however. The fans wanted us to be in the Europa League, and we certainly did, and we have earned the right to be here, so that you accept the challenges it presents.

"The team is well prepared for that, traveling by private jet, so we have advanced as a club in that sense, I do not think too much, because they are super good guys."

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