Date:Thursday March 20 2014
A week last Wednesday, Burnley returned from their 3-3 draw at St Andrews fearing they may have lost Danny Ings to serious injury. He picked up a ankle injury late on in the game and had to be replaced. The injury was enough to keep him sidelined for the following game on Saturday at home to Leeds United.
Better news followed though on the Sunday with the annoucement that he had won the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year award fending off the challenge from the other contenders, Leeds United`s Ross McCormack and Leicester City`s Danny Drinkwater.
There was only one thing on Clarets fans minds though to be honest. How serious was that injury and could his loss scupper our automatic promotion chances?
It has been an amazing season for Danny Ings so far, He is of course our leading goal scorer with 25 goals so far in all competitions this season and has formed a superb understanding with fellow strike partner, Sam Vokes. The pair together have notched up an astonishing 44 goals between them. Our hotshot striker was also rewarded with an international call-up for Gareth Southgate's England Under 21 sqaud and has since made his debut. He played but did not score on his debut in the European Championship qualifier in San Marino. However, in his second England Under-21 game he scored two of England's goals in a 9-0 win in the return game against San Marino at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhouse Meadow.
Ings is clearly crucial to the Burnley team and has helped the Clarets consolidate second spot in the Championship and steer them to within ten games of automatic promotion. An injury scare then is all we need with the Premier League within spitting distance.
Ings has seen a specialist this week and the ankle ligament damage is less serious than perhaps first feared with significant signs that the treatment has led to improvement. Burnley will be without Ings for 'a short spell' according to media reports today, possibly up to three weeks
'It's good news - a pretty straight-forward ligament injury,' manager Sean Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire
'It's still going to be a bit of time but not what we thought. There's nothing sinister, that's the main thing. We're quite happy and Danny's happy.'
Ings absence of course means an ideal opportunity for Ashley Barnes to make an impression and get on the score sheet after making his first start for the Clarets against Leeds at Turf Moor last Saturday. He looks likely to keep his position in the starting eleven at least for the Charlton, Doncaster and Leicester games coming up this month.
Meanwhile interest in Danny Ings from Premier League clubs continued this week with Tottenham, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion reportedly keen to sign the former Bournemouth frontman in the summer. There is though likely to be one antidote to all these rumours and that is for Burnley to get promoted to the top flight. The chances then of retaining Danny ings would be so much greater.
Date:Thursday March 20 2014
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