Burnley could have two key players back from injury for Aston Villa clash

Mike Jackson is hoping to have a couple of players back available for this weekend’s game against Villa

Jay Rodriguez and Maxwel Cornet could return for Burnley when they take on Aston Villa at Turf Moor this Saturday (7 May).

Both players missed Burnley’s vital 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday (7 May), and Interim boss Mike Jackson is hopeful the players will return for the game against Steven Gerrard’s side.

As reported by the Burnley Express, the Clarets’ top scorer Cornet has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and Jay Rodriguez was forced out of Saturday’s win against Roy Hodgson’s side after suffering a hamstring issue in the warm-up.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Mike Jackson, Caretaker Manager of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on April 17, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Jackson said of former Villa target Rodriguez: “He felt his hamstring was a bit tight, he took a shot in the warm up and felt it again.

“It was just precautionary, and we didn’t think he could go with the intensity that game was going to need, so it is managing him a little bit.”

“Hopefully Jay’s is not too bad, it might be linked to something in his back.”

Burnley have also been without defender Ben Mee, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and left back Erik Pieters in recent weeks.

Jackson added:“But hopefully we can get a few back ready to go. With a bit of luck we could have Max back for the weekend.”

Rodriguez is also expected to return to contention for Saturday’s home league game against Villa after the hamstring strain.

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