Preview: Trossard to miss Burnley's visit

Albion return to the Amex after the international break for the visit of Burnley on Saturday afternoon, and Graham Potter’s side will go in search of a first home victory of the Premier League season, kick-off 3pm.

By Kieran Cleeves • 12 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard picked up an injury over the international break

The Clarets travel to the south coast with the same record as Albion after four matches — both sides won their opening match of the campaign, before drawing once and losing twice.

Despite losing 4-0 at Premier League champions Manchester City before the international break, Albion drew plenty of plaudits for their brave performance at the Etihad Stadium.

Sean Dyche’s team also had their work cut out against Liverpool at Turf Moor — the Clarets went down 3-0 to the reigning Champions League and Super Cup winners.

Both sides will be keen to bounce back with a positive result on the south coast, and Albion will also look to make up for back-to-back defeats against the Lancashire club last season.

By Kieran Cleeves
Ezequiel Schelotto back on the training field

Team news…

Graham Potter confirmed that Leandro Trossard will be unavailable after injuring his groin while on international duty with Belgium.

Ezequiel Schelotto has returned to training and could come into contention. Yves Bissouma is expected to return to training next week, but Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined.

Burnley will check on the fitness of Dwight McNeil, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady ahead of Saturday’s match at the Amex, however Danny Drinkwater is expected to miss out with an ankle injury.

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly on his Premier League debut at the Etihad Stadium

Connolly’s chance…

Young forward Aaron Connolly came off the bench against Manchester City to make his Premier League debut at the age of 19.

It seems that loan moves for Jurgen Locadia and Florin Andone have propelled Connolly into the first-team picture, alongside fellow strikers Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay.

Connolly scored on his senior debut against Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup, and the Irishman will be hoping for another opportunity in the Premier League when the Clarets visit this weekend.


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Extended highlights: Man City 4 Albion 0

Our last fixture…

Manchester City 4
De Bruyne 2
Aguero 42, 55
B.Silva 79

Albion 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Dunk, Webster, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, Bernardo (Murray 66); March, Trossard (Gross 74), Maupay (Connolly 66).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Duffy, Jahanbakhsh, Mooy.

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Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope races out to save at the feet of Mohamed Salah

Their last fixture…

Burnley 0

Liverpool 3
Wood 33 (og)
Mane 37
Firmino 80

Burnley line-up: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes (Rodriguez 73), Wood.

Subs not used: Hart (GK), Taylor, Long, Drinkwater, Hendrick, Vydra.

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Former Albion man Ashley Barnes has four goals already this season

Burnley’s man in form…

Former Albion striker Ashley Barnes has hit the ground running for Burnley this season, scoring four goals in his opening four matches of the campaign.

Barnes bagged a brace against Southampton on the opening day of the season, before hitting the back of the net against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium and Molineux respectively.

The 29-year-old hit double figures in the Premier League for the first time last season, scoring 12 goals, and the forward is already well on his way to bettering that total this time around.