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Saturday 22 September 2018

Kevin longs to face Spurs

Burnley’s Kevin Long.
Burnley’s Kevin Long.

Burnley’S Irish defender Kevin Long is set to be the one to benefit most from James Tarkowski’s suspension ahead of today’s clash with Tottenham.

The Corkman is set to partner Ben Mee at the heart of the Clarets’ defence at Turf Moor as they head into a daunting festive fixture programme looking to maintain their unlikely push for the Premier League’s top four.

The Clarets’ stunning start to the season is set to be sorely tested with back-to-back clashes against Spurs and Manchester United followed by games against Liverpool and Manchester City early in the new year.

But, having already taken points off Spurs and Liverpool this season, as well as their sensational opening day win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Mee maintains his team-mates are relishing the immediate task ahead.

Mee said: “It’s a really tough run, but we’ve done well against the big clubs this season so we’re not dreading it and we’re not fearful - it will be an exciting couple of weeks for us playing against the best teams in the country.

“It is going to be a really bit test, but we’ve shown our qualities through the first half of the season and we’ll need to do it again for sure. We will find out about ourselves once again.”

Sean Dyche’s side head into today’s game steeled by the memory of August’s 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Irish striker Jon Walters and Dean Marney are making good progress from their respective knee injuries and could figure, but goalkeeper Tom Heaton is not expected back until some time in the new year.

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