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Opposition watch: Burnley injury doubt for Wolves clash

Burnley have a doubt over Johann Berg Gudmundsson after welcoming back eight players from international duty prior to Wolves’ visit tomorrow.

The 28-year-old winger returned to the Clarets’ Barnfield Training Centre early after missing Iceland’s midweek defeat to France because of a minor calf injury.

We have to monitor the fact he missed some training and missed the game,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

We looked at him. He was on the grass, but we will have to make a call on that.”

Dyche believes Aaron Lennon has a chance of playing again this season after undergoing knee surgery back in December from the injury he sustained against Tottenham.

We’ll wait and see – he’s got a chance, he’s out on the grass but we’re being careful with it,” he said. “He’s got his own plan with the physios, so we’ll see on that one.”

One player familiar to Wolves fans who is highly unlikely to feature is left back Stephen Ward.

Now 33, Ward, who recently announced his international retirement from Ireland duty, has lost his place to Charlie Taylor.

Ward, who is out of contract this summer, has failed to feature in any of the last three squads, making just 10 appearances all season and none since January 26, with only two outings in the Premier League.

Asked about Ward’s future back in January, Dyche said: “That is not for now, he has been out injured for three months and we will deal with that in due course.”

Meanwhile, Dyche is happy to have the Clarets’ destiny in their own hands as they head back into Premier League battle.

Wolves go to Turf Moor in Dyche’s 300th game in charge. They were also the opposition for his first, back in November 2012, when the Clarets beat Stale Solbakken’s side 2-0.

And despite a four-match losing run which has left Dyche’s side just two points above the drop zone, the Burnley boss says he would have taken this position at the turn of the year.

It gets to a point, which is now, where it’s still right in our grasp, and it wasn’t at Christmas,” said Dyche.

I think we’ve come a long way since that build-up to Christmas.

It’s easy to forget we only had 12 points at 19 games. We’ve now got 30, so that’s a pretty healthy return. Now, we’ve got to continue to build on that.

Since Christmas the actual form has been good. The last run has been tough. But if you mix that altogether, you’d certainly take the return in points.

But we’ve got to get more. That’s just what it tells you on the league table.”

The Clarets hauled themselves out of the bottom three with an unbeaten eight-match run after Boxing Day.

That ended with defeat at Newcastle at the end of last month to kick off a pointless run which continued with a 2-1 loss at home to Leicester before the international break.

Cardiff, who occupy the final relegation place, have narrowed the gap but still have to come to Turf Moor during a run-in which could still see several sides scrambling for points.

Whatever way you look at it, it’s still definitely revolves around us,” added Dyche, whose side has four of their final seven games at home.

I have made the players aware of that – not that I need to.

They are acutely aware of that and they know the script. It’s still about us delivering performances, whoever we play.”