Saturday 17 November 2018

Burnley suffer Steven Defour injury blow

Midfielder will have operation to repair cartilage damage.

Burnley v Manchester United – Premier League – Turf Moor
Burnley v Manchester United – Premier League – Turf Moor

By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is facing at least two months on the sidelines after scans revealed he needs surgery on a knee injury.

The 29-year-old Belgian was ruled out of Wednesday night’s Premier League trip to Newcastle and he will now undergo an operation to repair cartilage damage.

A statement on the club’s official website, burnleyfootballclub.com, said: “Steven Defour has been ruled out for at least two months with a knee injury, manager Sean Dyche has confirmed.

“Scans showed the Clarets’ midfielder must undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage. Defour, 29, had been an ever-present for Burnley in the Premier League this season.

“But he now faces an enforced spell on the sidelines, with Ashley Westwood getting a first league start of the campaign at Newcastle United tonight.”

Defour joined the club in an £8million switch from Anderlecht during the summer of 2016 and has made 49 appearances to date.

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