By Danny Wright
West Ham will be boosted with the knowledge that Burnley might be without defenders Ben Mee and Michael Keane for their trip to Turf Moor on Sunday.
The two centre-backs have formed a solid partnership in the heart of Sean Dyche’s defence this campaign and their absence could be a big boost to the Hammers’ chance of ending the Premier League season on a high.
Burnley have turned Turf Moor into somewhat of a fortress this term and have only conceded 18 goals there in 18 league games – only bettered by the current top seven teams.
Keane’s form saw him handed his international debut for England in March but Dyche confirmed on Friday that he, and Mee, might not feature.
“Sean Dyche confirms that defensive duo Ben Mee and Michael Keane remain doubts for the final game of the season against West Ham,” read a tweet on Burnley’s official Twitter account on Friday.
Sean Dyche confirms that defensive duo Ben Mee and Michael Keane remain doubts for the final game of the season against @WestHamUtd
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 19, 2017
Keane, 24, has missed the last two fixtures in which Burnley have conceded four goals while Mee has been absent for the last three.
The 27-year-old has made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Lancashire club this term, scoring one goal which came in the 2-1 loss at Manchester City in January.
His centre-back partner Keane has also featured a lot in Dyche’s plans, playing 39 times in both the league and FA Cup, scoring twice.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has hinted he could hand this 18-year-old his debut at Turf Moor on Sunday.