Burnley hope to have Phil Bardsley back from a cut leg in time for Monday’s Premier League trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The 33-year-old Scotland international full-back has missed the last two matches after suffering a bizarre injury when he cut his leg on a table tennis table.
However, boss Sean Dyche revealed late last week that he “should be right” for the game against the Blues and is likely to start. Despite the promising news surrounding Bardsley, injured trio Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Steven Defour remain sidelined.
Burnley’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth in their previous away game was their fourth in 17 attempts on their travels, but they go into Monday’s game on the back of a three-game winning run. The side sit eight points clear of third-bottom Cardiff so a draw would be enough to secure Premier League survival given their vastly superior goal difference over third-bottom Cardiff.
When asked about the relegation battle, Dyche said: “Ideally, we want to take care of ourselves. That’s what we’ve done historically. That’s our mindset. “It’s not done until it’s done, but we are on a good run of three wins, very important wins, and good performances that have backed those up.”