Tuesday 28 January 2020

Hendrick to make first start but no Brady

READY TO GO: Jeff Hendrick. Pic: Reuters
READY TO GO: Jeff Hendrick. Pic: Reuters

Danny Drinkwater is in line to make his Burnley debut against Sunderland in the League Cup while, more importantly for Ireland fans, Jeff Hendrick should make his first start of the season, however that is tempered by the fact that Robbie Brady won't be able to feature.

Having fielded the same starting side in all three Premier League games so far, Sean Dyche will mix things up tonight with the likes of Hendrick, WhichCharlie Taylor, and Jay Rodriguez expected to start.

Brady is back in training after a rib injury but the match will come too soon, while Steven Defour remains a long-term absentee.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson could have expected the night off regardless but will definitely not play after picking up a calf injury in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has indicated he will make changes as the Premier League side host Sky Bet League Two club Forest Green in the second round.

Irish youngster Gavin Kilkenny is likely to make his first-team debut for Bourenmouth in tonight's League Cup action.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe has confirmed he will rotate his squad for the game against Forest Green Rovers and that should see St Kevin's Boys product Kilkenny get a chance, after he impressed in pre-season under Howe.

"With such a quick turnaround and with Leicester City coming up quickly afterwards we will have to rotate our squad and give players opportunities, I look forward to seeing how people play," says Howe.

"It's a big opportunity for Dom Solanke, but also for other players who will be looking to put themselves in the frame for more Premier League games."

Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old, who has been at Bury since 2017, started his career at Elland Road where he became one of the club's most prolific goalscorers with 85 goals in 152 matches.

He had a brief spell in the Premier League with Everton before joining Leicester and Bolton. Beckford also enjoyed success at Preston, helping North End win promotion from League One with a hat-trick in the 2015 play-off final win over Swindon.

"Now, as many of you may know, my journey as a professional footballer has unfortunately come to an end," Beckford wrote on Instagram. "The operations I've had over the last couple of years have gotten the better of me.

"Football has given me all and more than I could've ever dreamed of and for all those that I have had the privilege of meeting and sharing any and all moments with, I will be eternally grateful!"

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