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Burnley’s Premier League survival hangs in the balance amid injury nightmare

After conquering the Championship last season with over 100 points, many people expected Burnley to settle in nicely into the Premier League upon their ascent.

However, dark clouds of uncertainty are gathering over Turf Moor. The Clarets face a daunting challenge to secure their top-flight status, with a growing injury crisis threatening their survival.

The latest update from the Burnley camp makes for grim reading

Manager Vincent Kompany announced that attacker Lyle Foster is unlikely to return before the international break

The South African has been a standout performer for the Clarets with three goals and two assists in seven Premier League games.

Foster’s absence has left a void in Burnley’s attack, and his contributions have been sorely missed in the last two games where he was unavailable due to illness.

Defender Jordan Beyer has also been sidelined for the past four games due to injury. His return against Crystal Palace could provide a much-needed boost to Burnley’s defence. 

To make matters worse, Burnley will also be without Josh Cullen (suspension), while Hjalmar Ekdal, Aaron Ramsey, Manuel Benson, Michael Obafemi and Darko Churlinov are still recovering from different injuries. 

The list of casualties makes the club’s Premier League survival even more precarious.

The challenge for newly promoted teams like Burnley is always daunting. 

Surviving in the unforgiving Premier League requires all hands on deck and a fair share of luck. 

Injuries to key players can quickly derail the best-laid plans, and Burnley are experiencing the harsh reality of this scenario.

Despite the mounting injury list, the club must turn their attention to Crystal Palace’s visit to Turf Moor.

The significance of this fixture cannot be overstated. A win would bring Burnley three points closer to the coveted 40-point mark – often seen as the threshold for Premier League safety. 

Burnley’s demanding early schedule has not done them any favours, and they find themselves with just four points after ten games. 

At this rate, they are on course for a paltry 16 points and relegation.

For Burnley, it’s a race against time and misfortune. The dream of a successful Premier League campaign can quickly become a nightmare if injuries continue to mount.

Kompany and his squad must rally their spirits and find a way to weather this storm.

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