Burnley have been rocked by the news that set piece specialist Robbie Brady could be out for a long period. The Irish International suffered a serious looking knee injury during The Clarets defeat at Leicester at the weekend. The prognosis does not look good for Brady, and a lengthy lay-off looks likely thanks to a serious knee injury. He has played a pivotal part in Burnley's success this season and it is a disappointing outcome for Sean Dyche.
Burnley Injury Blow
Speaking to the press after the Leicester match Sean Dyche said: “We’re waiting on news, but we think it’s more serious than not serious. It’s a blow because Robbie has been excellent lately. Some of his deliveries today were excellent and he’s settled into the team nicely. He’s a good character in the group and he’s been building with his performances.”
Brady's Irish and club team mate Stephen Ward was also worried about his injury and he told the media: “Obviously we don’t know the extent of it yet but it didn’t look great. Fingers crossed that it’s not as bad as it looked. He’s been outstanding for us recently and if it is bad he’ll be a massive loss for us. We’ll await the news and we wish him well because he’s been great for us. He’s great to have in the dressing room too so our thoughts are with him if it is bad.”
So who will replace Robbie Brady in the Burnley team? Scott Arfield has been used mostly off the bench this season but he looks the most likely to benefit from Brady's misfortune. Arfield is a decent player in his own right and he will work his socks off if he does come into the side. However, Brady's expertise from set pieces is what Burnley will miss most. Left pegs like his are hard to come by and better teams than Burnley would miss a player like Brady.