Date: 6th January 2015 at 8:48am
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There was some cruel news regarding Kevin Long announced last night. Long suffered a bad-looking injury 21 minutes into his Premier League debut at Newcastle on New Year’s Day and had to be stretchered off. News had been awaited on the extent of the injury and scans have since revealed that sadly the Irish centre back has damaged his cruciate ligament and will now miss the rest of the season.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirmed the grim news last night saying:

‘It is bad news for Kevin.

‘We thought it wasn’t a great situation when we first saw it live.

‘Unfortunately he has done his cruciate and is going to be out for a number of months, as we know through Sam Vokes’ recent injury.

‘He knows he will get taken care of though here and he knows the journey he will be on, so we wish him well on his recovery and we will make sure he is supported throughout.’

Despite not being a regular this season, the 24 year old is highly rated at the club and only recently secured a contract extension. His previous contract was due to complete in the summer but his new deal will ensure he will now remain at Turf Moor for at least another two years. Long joined Burnley from Cork City in November 2009 despite interest from Everton and Celtic although spent most of his early Burnley career out on loan including spells at Accrington Stanley (twice), Rochdale and Portsmouth. Last season though, he made 11 appearances for the Clarets in their promotion-clinching campaign.

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