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Sean Dyche backs Burnley squad to cope with injuries

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has reiterated his faith in his squad's depth as he looks set to make enforced changes against Southampton this weekend.

Wingers Scott Arfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson suffered hamstring problems in the FA Cup draw at Sunderland and Dyche confirmed that neither is likely to take to the pitch for Saints' visit to Turf Moor on Saturday.

"The two lads who came off, Scotty and Johann, they are unlikely to be right," he said.

"We're hopeful and quite positive with the news from the scans that it's nothing too major, simple hamstring injuries if you like, but I'd be very surprised if they make it for this weekend."

In previous years of the Dyche reign, losing two members of his starting line-up would have been a monumental blow.

The Clarets boss would often retain the same players from week to week in his preferred 4-4-2 system and was rewarded with such a consistent approach with two promotions in three seasons either side of their 2015 demotion from the top flight.

However, in their second Premier League tilt under him, Dyche has been unafraid to alter both his personnel and formation due to a greater pool of options.

He added: "The depth and the competition within the squad certainly from our team is good. There's a healthy respect, and a healthy challenge within the group.

"We pick 11 but I make it clear to the lads who aren't in that, we still respect everything they are doing, and I think that was on show with a decent performance last week from some individuals up at Sunderland."

That is not to say the Clarets, currently 12th in the table, are not monitoring the transfer window with interest as they look to add to the acquisition of Joey Barton.

While there may be more speculation surrounding other top-flight outfits, Dyche offered assurances that his club are quietly going about their business.

"We try to work in the right manner for us," he added.

"We try to do any business we're attempting to do as privately as we can, I think it's respectful to all parties. There are some things going on at the moment, when they're ready for the press then they'll come out.

"There are some calls being made. There are a few situations that have got a chance."

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