What’s the latest Burnley injury news?
The Clarets are yet to win in the Premier League this season and are therefore in the bottom three. However, the club endured a difficult opening match, losing to Manchester City, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United and earning a point at Nottingham Forest.
However, things won’t get any easier for Burnley when they travel to St James’ Park to face Eddie Howe tomorrow afternoon. A number of players have been sidelined in recent weeks at Turf Moor and will not feature, including Hjalmar Ekdal, Darko Churlinov, Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi, while Lyle Foster has been suspended.
Manuel Benson looks set to join them on the treatment table after being substituted early in the midweek EFL Cup win at Salford City due to an ankle problem. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s match, as reported by The Burnley Express, Kompany said Benson is expected to be absent this weekend but hopes his problem will “heal quite quickly”.
“It’s not bad news, but in the short term it will affect the whole team at the weekend. It was a big shock, so it had something to do with both. But it’s nothing serious, so I hope he recovers quite quickly. With the international break, perhaps it really does come at the right time.
How good is Manuel Benson?
Benson started in his first season in England last year, playing a key role in the title-winning campaign with 15 goals.
As a result, he was praised as “fantastic” by Kompany, who said after scoring last season:
“He has to score five goals in a row. That’s no coincidence; It’s a skill he possesses. “It’s like a striker who can come out of the post and head in. I can’t give him any solutions to deal with it, but these are just things he’s been doing since he was a kid. “I I always push him for the touchdown – I want the touchdown.
“At the end of the day, that’s what he feels comfortable doing and he’ll score that way. What he did for us was amazing and on our part, it was everything we wanted. He’s doing well and we’re pushing him to continue to do well and I’m happy to have him with us.
However, in the 2023/24 season, things have been difficult so far for Benson, who made just his second start of the season this week.
The winger has played just over 90 minutes in all competitions and could now be out for a short period. If he only returns after the international break, which Kompany has hinted at, then Benson will also miss the games against Luton Town and Chelsea, where the Clarets hope to claim their first win of the season .