Sean Dyche is struggling to discipline a full bench as Burnley take the following step on their European journey in Turkey.

The Clarets boss has simply 17 ­outfield gamers accessible for the primary leg conflict in opposition to Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday — and is with out striker Chris Wooden.

Wooden, final season’s high scorer with 10 Premier League targets, was left behind after ­struggling an an infection from an insect chunk, whereas Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are persevering with their coaching at dwelling.

With Nick Pope out long-term and fellow keeper Tom Heaton additionally ­nonetheless unavailable, new-signing Joe Hart ­is included for the primary leg of this third qualifying spherical tie — together with defender Ben Gibson, who joined from Middlesbrough on the weekend.

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Dyche stated: “We’re a little bit bit ­restricted and we’ll have a couple of choices to make.

Dyche’s squad is at bare-bones degree with simply 17 outfield gamers accessible

“Chris has an an infection from a chunk that has brought about a response. ­Steven is behind Robbie, so we’re all the way down to 17 gamers. However Joe and Ben have travelled for a motive – to be included, if wanted.”

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Czech worldwide Matej Vydra is one other who has not made the journey to Turkey, lower than 24 hours after his switch from Championship aspect Derby.

Dyche defined: “He’s a bit behind the curve, fitness-wise. He’s acquired to catch up, however he’s completely different to the strikers we’ve acquired.

Burnley have additionally introduced Ben Gibson, who solely signed for them on the weekend

“He provides a special positional sense and might work off the shoulder or in a No.10.”

However Dyche obtained a significant enhance when Ben Mee signed a brand new contract on Wednesday, committing himself to the membership for 3 extra years, with an ­possibility for a fourth.

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The 28-year-old defender was going into the ultimate yr of his contract, however is now with the membership till 2021, the sixth participant in Dyche’s squad to signal new offers this summer time.

Mee, who has been at Burnley all through Dyche’s time, stated: “It’s very pleasing, and I’m delighted to place my identify down for an additional three or 4 years.

“I’ve been a giant a part of this membership for the final 5 years and I hope that carries on for the following few years. I spoke to the gaffer final season and stated I needed to remain on the membership. I get pleasure from it right here and I benefit from the soccer – and that’s the principle factor.”


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