In-form Burnley striker Chris Wood expected to shake off knock to face Fulham

Clarets boss Sean Dyche expects top-scorer Chris Wood to be available to face Fulham on Monday night.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:31 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:36 am
Chris Wood

Wood scored his 11th goal of the season, and seventh in his last seven games, in the 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham on Monday, before being withdrawn with five minutes remaining, carrying a minor knock.

Chasing an equaliser, you imagined Wood would have stayed on the pitch, with Ashley Barnes coming on, but Dyche explained he was taking no risks.

He said: "Woody got a knock, but I think he will be okay.

"We saw him labouring a little bit and were going to leave him on, but then we thought we have four important games coming as well."

Dwight McNeil came off with 16 minutes to play, but the 21-year-old was fit, Dyche just felt Johann Berg Gudmundsson could make an impact in the remaining minutes: "Dwight just because we felt he had come off his performance a little bit, and Johann did affect it when he came on.

"I am not expecting any injury news out of that."

Wood is in a rich vein of form, despite the side losing four of their last five games, but Dyche feels his players are putting in a good level of performance: "Woody looks a handful, he is running hard and has done great to get the penalty and dispatch it.

"It is good he is in good form, and at other times I can question the side, but I am not going to overly question them because it was a committed performance and there was some good detail in it, but we have to tidy up two or three things that cost us.

"But we are not far away with those kind of performances, so it is important we maintain that feel and commitment over the next four games."