Austin facing a spell on the sidelines

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

CHARLIE Austin could be out for at least a fortnight after lasting less than 10 minutes in Burnley’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester City.

The 23-goal top scorer was doubtful before Saturday’s game after going off with a tight hamstring in the 2-0 Boxing Day win over Derby County.

But manager Sean Dyche gave his marksman every chance of retaining his place and the side, opting not to name the team until Austin had completed a late fitness check.

After coming through the tests at around 1pm on Saturday, the striker declared himself fit to play.

But there was barely a minute onthe clock when the 23-year-old pulled up chasing a long pass down the right, and he limped off in the eighth minute.

“It was a strange one because he had cleared himself. We value the player’s input and he said he was fine but then it just tightened up,” Dyche explained.

“But the difference between having a fitness test and playing once the adrenaline starts running is obviously considerable.

“It’s just tightened up on him so we had to get him off straight away.

“It was one of those things.

“You can only ask the player and they can only do a fitness test, so I’m not annoyed with him, not remotely.

“I value honesty in players and if they were ready to get the Burnley shirt on and go and play it’s a hard one to not let them.”

In his post-match briefing Dyche was unclear as to the nature of the problem or how long he expected Austin to be sidelined for.

“It will take 24 hours or so to let things settle down,” he said.

“Until the medical team tell me I don’t know what the timescale is.

“It was just a tightness in his glut (gluteus maximus). He was happy to play and then it didn’t quite work out.”

Early indications suggest the former Swindon striker will at least miss tomorrow’s New Year’s Day game at Sheffield Wednesday and Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Barnsley, who sacked manager Keith Hill after a 3-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers left them bottom of the Championship.

It is possible Austin could also be sidelined for the visit of Crystal Palace on January 12.

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10:32am Mon 31 Dec 12

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Until he gets his move
Until he gets his move 8 Ball Deluxe
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11:41am Mon 31 Dec 12

MightyClaret says...

Step up...Sam Vokes UTC
Step up...Sam Vokes UTC MightyClaret
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12:58pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Ray Gunn says...

it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl
it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl Ray Gunn
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1:01pm Mon 31 Dec 12

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Ray Gunn wrote:
it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl
What a rust bucket and full of holes???
[quote][p][bold]Ray Gunn[/bold] wrote: it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl[/p][/quote]What a rust bucket and full of holes??? 8 Ball Deluxe
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3:00pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Ray Gunn says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
Ray Gunn wrote:
it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl
What a rust bucket and full of holes???
No mate... that's just our defense!!!!
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ray Gunn[/bold] wrote: it's looking like he wont be putting a Burnley shirt on again....you never know, he may become an Austin-Rover..pmsl[/p][/quote]What a rust bucket and full of holes???[/p][/quote]No mate... that's just our defense!!!! Ray Gunn
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3:18pm Mon 31 Dec 12

lancs1985 says...

Pmsl,

Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back
Pmsl, Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back lancs1985
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5:55pm Mon 31 Dec 12

coates warder says...

lancs1985 wrote:
Pmsl,

Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back
sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored.
[quote][p][bold]lancs1985[/bold] wrote: Pmsl, Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back[/p][/quote]sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored. coates warder
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8:45pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Harwoodstblue says...

coates warder wrote:
lancs1985 wrote:
Pmsl,

Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back
sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored.
He's scored 12 in 21 games. A better % ratio than Shearer or Austin. Work it out.
[quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lancs1985[/bold] wrote: Pmsl, Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back[/p][/quote]sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored.[/p][/quote]He's scored 12 in 21 games. A better % ratio than Shearer or Austin. Work it out. Harwoodstblue
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9:16pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Harwoodstblue says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
coates warder wrote:
lancs1985 wrote:
Pmsl,

Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back
sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored.
He's scored 12 in 21 games. A better % ratio than Shearer or Austin. Work it out.
Correction.....Bette
r than Austin but not Shearer.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lancs1985[/bold] wrote: Pmsl, Forever in Rhodes shadow time he comes back[/p][/quote]sorry how many has rhodes your £8 million ,£35,000 a week man scored.[/p][/quote]He's scored 12 in 21 games. A better % ratio than Shearer or Austin. Work it out.[/p][/quote]Correction.....Bette r than Austin but not Shearer. Harwoodstblue
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