Sean Dyche gives fitness update on Maxwel Cornet ahead of United clash

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed that the influential Maxwel Cornet is ‘touch and go’ for the trip to Manchester United.

The Ivorian came off with a thigh injury after half an hour in the Clarets’ 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the start of the month.

The former Lyon man missed the 0-0 draw against West Ham United the following week, but Dyche’s side haven’t played since 12 December with their last three games being postponed due to Covid-19 related issues.

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The 25-year-old has made a great start to life in the Premier League with five goals from his first nine matches.

Playing upfront, Cornet is relishing the licence to roam and being Burnley’s go to man.

The Ivory Coast international is Burnley’s top scorer in the Premier League with Chris Wood the club’s second top goalscorer with three goals to his name.

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Dyche provided an injury update ahead of the fixture against Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the 50-year-old said: “Maxwel (Cornet) is making progress, that one will be touch and go, so we’ll have to decide with him.”

Dyche also gave an update on the likes of Dale Stephens, Connor Roberts and Ashley Barnes.

The Burnley gaffer added: “Dale (Stephens) is back involved, and he could do with games really, Connor (Roberts) has had a really bad infection and he’s had to build up his physical strength and running power.

“Barnesy (Ashley Barnes) is making progress and beginning to show signs, but he will need a recovery period.”

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With games in hand on their relegation rivals, Manchester United are going to have to rise to the physical challenge Dyche’s Burnley will pose.

And if Cornet is available, they will have a sprinkle of stardust who is more than capable of producing match-winning moments.

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