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Burnley's Phil Bardsley ruled out of clash with West Brom after testing positive for Covid-19 


Burnley defender Phil Bardsley ruled out of Monday’s clash with West Brom after testing positive for Covid-19

  • Burnley are looking for their first points of 2020-21 on Monday, facing West Brom
  • However, they will be without an experienced head in defence at the Hawthorns 
  • Phil Bardsley is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in the build-up 

Burnely will have to battle for their first points of 2020-21 without Phil Bardsley on Monday, after the defender tested positive for coronavirus. 

Sean Dyche’s side face West Brom at the Hawthorns after a disastrous start to the season with three straight losses. 

Bardsley started all three of the Clarets’ defeats so far this season, but the 35-year-old has been replaced at right-back by traditional left-back Erik Pieters against the Baggies. 

Burnley defender Phil Bardsley has been ruled-out of the Claret's West Brom clash on Monday

Burnley defender Phil Bardsley has been ruled-out of the Claret’s West Brom clash on Monday

The veteran has tested positive for Covid-19 and faces a 10-day period in self-isolation

The veteran has tested positive for Covid-19 and faces a 10-day period in self-isolation

Natural left-back Erik Pieters will come into to replace Bardsley at right-back at the Hawthorns

Natural left-back Erik Pieters will come into to replace Bardsley at right-back at the Hawthorns

The Lancashire club announced the news on Twitter, writing: ‘Phil Bardsley misses out tonight as he is self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test.’  

Bardsley now faces a 10-day isolation period which will see the defender miss a home clash with Tottenham next Monday, but the 35-year-old will be available for selection again when Chelsea visit Turf Moor on October 31. 

Monday’s replacement, Pieters, has played just once so far this season, coming on at the King Power to concede an own-goal in Burnley’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester.   

Sean Dyche's nightmare start to the 2020-21 season took another blow with the positive test

Sean Dyche’s nightmare start to the 2020-21 season took another blow with the positive test

The Turf Moor side had another positive test back in May, with assistant manager Ian Woan enduring a period in isolation.

Bardsley will be watching on the edge of his seat from home – if he pays £14.95 – as Dyche’s men look to move off the foot of the Premier League and climb out of the relegation zone with a victory. 

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