Ciaran Clark limped off at half time in the win over Southampton, and seems likely to miss the trip to Burnley this weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international hasn’t trained ahead of the game, so Steve Bruce will probably have to make two changes to his side with Allan Saint-Maximin also ruled out.

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Against the Saints, Clark was replaced by Fabian Schar. He wasn’t a bad alternative, as Schar is probably our best defender. But Bruce made an odd decision, keeping Federico Fernandez as the right-sided centre-back, with Schar taking Clark’s place in the middle of the trio.

It was a decision that backfired, and Schar eventually reverted to his usual position later in the game.


Against Burnley, Fernandez must be in the middle of the back three. Out of him, Schar and Paul Dummett, Fernandez has the most experience but he’s also the least mobile. Playing in the middle will allow him to organise the defence whilst also protecting his lack of pace.

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This will allow Schar to play his usual game. He’s often our best passer of a ball, and his ability to bring the ball out from the back is a massive asset.

It’s a small tactical tweak that Bruce must make when he announces his team for the game at Turf Moor.

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