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Burnley lose Ward and Duff for QPR trip

Burnley are expected to be without both Stephen Ward and Michael Duff as they bid to stretch their four-game unbeaten run at QPR.

Republic of Ireland international Ward will see a specialist on Friday for an ankle injury he picked up in the midweek draw with Newcastle, while fellow defender Duff is still not quite ready to return from his calf strain.

Striker Sam Vokes is edging closer to a first-team return following his long-term knee injury after scoring a brace in a 70-minute outing for the development squad on Wednesday.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Mee, Reid, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Marney, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.


Teams: Burnley v Aston Villa


Confirmed #BFC starting XI: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell (c), Keane, Ward; Kightly, Marney, Jones, Boyd; Barnes, Ings. #ClaretsLIVE


#AVFC team (v #BFC): Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Sanchez, Cleverley, Cole, Weimann, Agbonlahor (c).

Dyche aiming to keep Burnley momentum going

Sean Dyche insists winning games will not change Burnley's approach to the Barclays Premier League.

Written off before the start of the season, the Clarets' prospects appeared bleak when they failed to win any of their first 10 league games.

I don't think it's ever got to a stage where it's been too affecting of the players. I think it's been positive all the way through. We believe in that environment anyway, the culture we set here.

Of course, winning enhances that, and it just reminds the players of what they're about. We made a fantastic habit of winning a lot last year - the challenge changed, quite simply.

I felt wins would come regardless of all the outside media angles, and they have come, but I also suggested that one doesn't cure everything and two doesn't - you need more. So we're still thirsty and hungry to get more.

– Burnley manager Sean Dyche
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