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Vokes injury woe for Burnley

31 March 2014 20:19

Burnley's automatic promotion hopes have suffered a crushing blow with the news that striker Sam Vokes' season is over.

The Wales international frontman has played a major role in firing the Lancashire club to the brink of a Premier League return with 20 goals in 39 Championship games.

But Vokes ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against leaders Leicester City, a result that severely dented Burnley's title tilt.

Vokes joins fellow striker Danny Ings - who has 19 league goals to his name in 2013-14 - on the sidelines, along with right-back Kieran Trippier - arguably the club's three best players.

The squad depth at second-placed Burnley - who are nine points clear of QPR in third - will now be tested to the limit over the last seven games of the season.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche told the club's official website: "Sam has had a great season and I am sure you will join us all in supporting him during his recovery.

"As ever, our team mentality remains focused and this represents another opportunity for someone to come and make a continued contribution in the closing weeks of the season."

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +43 81
2 34 +49 77
3 34 +28 66
4 34 +28 66
5 34 +26 65
6 33 +22 60
7 35 +20 58
8 34 -4 44
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10 35 -13 41
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13 33 -17 40
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20 34 -34 21

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