SCOTT Arfield is the only Burnley player likely to leave the treatment table to face Crystal Palace this weekend as injuries counting to take their toll on Sean Dyche's squad.

The winger has been battling a minor hamstring injury which ruled him out of last Saturday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City but could return at Selhurst Park.

However Chris Wood and Stephen Ward are likely to be absent once again through knee problems.

Dyche also revealed that all three of his central defenders had been battling niggles, with James Tarkowski continuing to be monitored as he recovers from a broken hand, but all should be available in south London.

Asked how the injury situation was, Dyche said: "Not ideal. But a few making their way back.

"I think Scott Arfield will probably be the closest, touch and go. Tarky should be fine. Ben Mee had a niggle but should be fine. Kevin Long had a niggle but should be fine.

"Chris Wood is not quite there yet. Ward is making good progress. Robbie (Brady) and Tom (Heaton) are making good progress but are long term."