SEAN Dyche is the man to galvanise the Clarets and come through their end-of-season injury crisis, says the Burnley boss’ former team-mate Danny Webber.
The striker, now with Accrington Stanley, spent almost two full seasons with Dyche at Watford from the summer of 2003.
It was with Portsmouth in the 2009/10 season that the Manchester United youth product suffered a ruptured cruciate knee ligament – similar to the injury that has written off Burnley striker Sam Vokes’ season.
The Wales international joins Kieran Trippier and top scorer Danny Ings on the treatment table, while midfielder Dean Marney is another key absentee for the weekend trip to Watford through the second of a two-match ban.
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But Webber is confident that the untimely disruptions will not break Burnley’s stride in the quest for automatic promotion to the Premier League. Not with Dyche in charge.
“I’m sure with the momentum that Sean Dyche has got and the winning mentality they have managed to adopt they will be able to get over the line,” said 32-year-old.
“I can’t see them faltering, largely because Dychey is at the helm.
“He will deal with the disappointment but say ‘we still have a job to do’.
“His mentality is second to none and rubs off on his players.”
And Webber is confident that Vokes will be able to capitalise on a memorable season when he returns to full fitness, but warned that it will be a long and at time agonising process.
“I sympathise with Sam. I did it while playing in the Premier League with Portsmouth,” he added.
“But while it’s a long road back, and not a nice road, the good thing is that surgery, technology and rehabilitation gets better year on year.”
However, Webber urged caution in coming back too soon.
“If you come back within the first six months the chances are you’ll do it again,” he said.
“After about nine months you feel okay but it’s probably about two years until it feels like your knee again.
“After being back for a month I tore a little bit of cartilage. You’re still building your knee back up.
“It affected the way I had to play football again, as it did with Joe Cole. Phil Jagielka had the same injury but he’s more straight lines rather than twisting and turning.
“But medical advances are being made all the time and with good surgeons and good rehab I’m sure Sam will be fine. He will make a full recovery.”