BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche insists Ben Gibson will not be leaving the club before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline day.

The defender only joined the Clarets in the summer in a £15m switch from Middlesbrough.

He has suffered an injury-hit start to life at Turf Moor after having two separate hernia operations, limiting him to just five appearances so far this season, and just one in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old was an unused sub in Burnley’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Tuesday night and had been linked with a move to Championship side Aston Villa.

But Dyche said there is no chance of the centre half moving on.

“He’ll not be going anywhere,” said the Burnley boss.

Ben Me and James Tarkowski are the first choice pairing at Turf Moor but Dyche said last week that he was pleased with the Gibson’s recovery from injury and his application since returning to full fitness.

The Burnley boss, speaking ahead of the FA Cup game with Manchester City in which Gibson played 90 minutes, said: “He has had an up and down time with injuries, he is willing for a fight as regards his position. He knows there are capable players here but he wanted that demand.

“When I bring players in I never promise them anything other than the environment we have.

“Everyone has to earn the right to play. He has had an indifferent start with injuries and that is out of everyone’s hands but he’s very fit, looked after himself and is going along nicely.”