Date: 26th January 2017 at 10:00pm
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Burnley have confirmed that Dean Marney will now miss the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign as the player has sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

It’s the second time the long serving player has suffered this injury and he saw a specialist on Thursday to determine the full extent. He picked up the problem in his right knee in the game last Sunday against Arsenal.

Speaking to the Official Site as the announcement was made, manager Sean Dyche explained.

‘It is a blow for him and it`s a blow for us, because he has been playing and doing very well. He has been an important part, not just this season, but of what we have achieved here over a number of seasons, with his experience within our group and his general experience in the game. You don`t want to lose any player, but certainly not at the experienced end of your market.’

Having suffered a similar injury in February 2015 in our last season in the Premier League, Marney returned to action nine months later to help us bounce straight back from the Championship and having gained both injuries during spells in the top flight that will no doubt be a further blow – but hopefully this time we’ll be in the Premier League when he returns to action once more.

‘It`s disappointing. It`s the unfortunate side of being a player. Sometimes these things happen but he`s a tough-minded man and he knows he`s got the full support of everything here. The only good thing is he has been through it before, so he understands the rehabilitation, how long it takes and the different markers along the journey back.’

32 year old Marney has played 221 games for the club since arriving from Hull City back in May 2010 and he’s clearly played his part in our double promotion success so far.

His efforts this season in seeing us pretty comfortable in the top flight table will also be well noted but if there is a silver lining having been through this before he’ll know exactly what to expect and maybe that will see him make a return slightly ahead of time this time round.

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