Burnley dealt blow as Vincent Kompany confirms star won’t be available for Crystal Palace

Lyle Foster will be unavailable for Burnley’s match against Crystal Palace tomorrow and may not be available until after the international break.
Due to illness, the striker has missed the last two games against Bournemouth and Everton.

Kompany provided an update on Foster’s situation this morning, revealing that his leading scorer will most likely miss tomorrow’s game against Palace as well as the upcoming trip to Arsenal.

“At the moment there’s still no signs of improvement,” he told reporters.

“The only thing I can say with certainty is that he won’t be available before the international break.” It is something we must deal with.

“I can’t go into too much detail now, but I’m sure next week we’ll be able to discuss it further.”

Aaron Ramsey is also suffering from a knock, which has kept him out of Burnley’s matchday squads in recent weeks, according to Kompany.

“He’s felt something,” the Burnley boss said.

“They’re not your typical hamstring pulls and quads and the like; it’s just picking up knocks and twists.”

“He’s one of the players that will probably not recover straight away either.”


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While Manuel Benson and Michael Obafemi are still out, Josh Cullen will miss his first league game of the season tomorrow due to suspension after receiving five yellow cards.

“It’s the same as it was with Lyle and the other players.” “You kind of hope that someone else steps up and takes over,” Kompany explained.

“It’s the fact of the game he’s not there and we have to deal with it.”

On a brighter note, Kompany did admit that Jordan Beyer could make his comeback against Palace tomorrow.

The centre-back has been out for a month due to a knee injury, but he is now back in training.

Hjalmar Ekdal is also recovering well from a similar injury, but he is not yet ready to return.

“Beyer is extremely upbeat. He’s been working out hard,” Kompany said.

“Ekdal is making progress. I can’t say whether he’ll be fit before the end of the international break, or match fit, to put it another way, but he’s on the right track.

“I can’t turn around and say we didn’t train them well because it’s not hamstring pulls or anything like that.” Beyer had a knee twist, and Ekdal had a knee twist.

“That’s affecting our season, of course, but more importantly we’re recovering them and hopefully to a very good level.”

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