Upson out of Burnley test

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 27th November 2009

Club captain Matthew Upson could be out of action for several weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

Upson, who succeeded the outgoing Lucas Neill as club captain during the summer sustained the injury earlier this week and as well as missing out against the Clarets, could also miss the forthcoming clashes against Man Utd, Birmingham, Bolton and Chelsea.

Despite the loss of Upson, Gianfranco Zola's defensive options have been boosted by the return of Danny Gabbidon, who played out of position at left back against Hull last weekend but will almost certainly replace Upson on Saturday afternoon.

Gabbidon - the Player of the Year in 2005/06 - has missed the best part of the last two seasons with an ongoing hip injury but is close to reaching full fitness once again.

Meanwhile there is further good news regarding Kieron Dyer, who is also looking to be involved with the first team again this weekend having come through Tuesday's 5-2 reserve team win over Stoke unscathed.

"Obviously I needed the run-out and it was good," Dyer told "It went really well. I scored two goals and looked quite sharp so hopefully it gives the manager a poser."

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