Ahead of Premier League clash against Manchester United this weekend, manager Sean Dyche addressed the media, eager to shift the attention back to football after the recent points deduction controversy, writers the RoyalBlue.
Dyche provided updates on player availability, expressing concern for Amadou Onana, who continues to struggle with a calf injury. Regarding Onana’s situation, Dyche mentioned, “Ama’s calf, I don’t think it will be right. It’s still sore.” The final decision on Onana’s fitness for the Sunday match will likely be closer to kickoff.
In more positive news, several absentees, including Lewis Dobbin, Ben Mee, Michael Keane, and Seamus Coleman, featured in midweek games, gaining valuable minutes. Dyche highlighted the significance of these players getting back into action, especially for Coleman, who recently returned from a long-term injury. Dyche stated, “I think when you’ve had a long-term injury, that 90 minutes is sort of the final marker really.”
Providing updates on long-term absentees Dele Alli and Andre Gomes, Dyche mentioned their progress in rehabilitation. Gomes is back on the training ground, marking a step forward, while Alli is cautiously returning to grass activities. Dyche expressed his hope for both players to regain full fitness.
Despite the chaos surrounding the points deduction, Dyche emphasized his consistent focus on the team’s on-field performance and improvement. He acknowledged the setback but highlighted the team’s resilience, stating, “The focus since I got here has been sorting things out on the pitch. Getting the team to win, getting the team to feel different, the performances to feel different. The job hasn’t changed.” Dyche’s calm demeanor and commitment to the team’s progress remain unwavering amid the challenges.