By Russell Edge
Burnley could be missing top scorer Chris Wood for their clash with Newcastle United on Monday night after Sean Dyche confirmed he was a major injury doubt.
The New Zealand international, who arrived from Leeds United in a £15million move over the summer, has netted three league goals in seven appearances for the Clarets this season, with a total of five goals in 12 appearances across all competitions.
However his last outing, in the club’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, only lasted 20 minutes, as he was substituted off with a hamstring injury to join fellow forward Sam Vokes, who missed the clash at the Etihad Stadium, on the sidelines.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, Dyche confirmed that the 25-yea-old was a major doubt, although was confident about welcoming the Welsh international back into his side.
He was quoted by the Chronicle via the live blog (26/10, 15:48) on their website : “Woody is a maybe. Whether he’s right for Monday, we’ll have to wait and see.
“It’s settling already but it’s whether the game on Monday is right for him or not.
“Vokesy’s got a stronger chance, he’s out on the grass today (Thursday), we think he’ll be available but Woody’s touch and go I’d say.”
Newcastle have come up against Wood on four occasions in their history, with the powerful striker having scored once, coming in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park while playing for Leeds last season.
His absence will be a huge boost to Rafael Benitez and his side, as they look to push on from seventh spot in the league table, with Monday’s opposition just one place and one point below them.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Merson has predicted the clash at Turf Moor.