Burnley star Tarkowski's return date named after update - Medical expert

By Ben Dinnery

13th May, 2022 | 9:30am

Medical expert names James Tarkowski return date after Burnley latest - 'This changes everything'

Burnley star James Tarkowski will likely return on the penultimate day of the season.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Tarkowski, 29, was forced off shortly after half-time in Burnely’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday (7 May).

As quoted by the Burnley Express after the match, interim boss Mike Jackson revealed that the centre-back has a tight hamstring.

The two-cap England international, who is out of contract in the summer, has been one of the Clarets’ leading lights this term.

And Dinnery suggests that the defender will be available for at least the last two matches of the season, which “changes everything” for Burnley’s morale during the run-in.

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“They identified the problem in the first half, spoke about it at half time and gave it a chance,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“That in itself is a good indication that it wasn’t an injury that ocurred when he was in full flight. It is more likely tightness or a niggle.

“We know he is a very robust centre-back. His availability is very good. Injuries where he has spent a long time on the sidelines have been few and far between.

“In 2018 he had a couple of spells, but most of his muscle problems have been around seven to 10 days. Fingers crossed that is a good indication.

“I think this weekend will be a close call. You don’t want to take any chances with another two games after that, but at the same time, we don’t have the luxury of time.

“His availability changes everything in terms of morale and the dynamics in that Burnley backline. I think this could be a game-day decision for Mike Jackson.”

This site revealed on Wednesday (11 May) that West Ham have joined Everton in the race to sign Tarkowski when his contract expires.

He has chipped in with one goal and two assists in 35 appearances this season.

In other news, Dinnery can’t believe Matej Vydra’s unprecedented ACL injury at Burnley.