December 2, 2019 / 1:24 PM / 4 days ago

Soccer-Burnley's Dyche hopeful Taylor's injury is not too serious

Dec 2 (Reuters) - Burnley’s injury problems mounted on Monday as defender Charlie Taylor could be ruled out of the Premier League match against champions Manchester City on Tuesday with a hamstring strain, although manager Sean Dyche is hopeful it is not too serious.

Left back Taylor, 26, sustained the injury before halftime in Burnley’s 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“The initial reaction is it’s not a serious one,” Dyche told a news conference.

“We got him off as quick as we could so hopefully that’s prevented too much damage... I’ll wait and see what the physio tells me.”

Erik Pieters, who replaced Taylor, picked up a knock late in the same game but Dyche is optimistic that the Dutchman can shake it off in time for the visit of third-placed City.

Ashley Westwood is a doubt with a slight groin problem while fellow midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson is recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up on duty with Iceland.

Burnley are 10th in the league with 18 points from 14 games. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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