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Danny Drinkwater moved to Burnley during the summer for a short-term deal that will last until January, but surprisingly the Chelsea midfielder has barely featured for the Clarets.
Drinkwater got into a fight at a nightclub in September and suffered an injury and has been unavailable for Burnley ever since.
Drinkwater has resumed training but is yet to be match fit, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche has admitted that he didn’t expect Drinkwater’s deal to turn out like this.
“We weren’t thinking it was going to transpire as it has done,” Dyche said, as cited by Daily Mail. “That leaves it in a different place than it could have been if he’d been fit and well.”
Explaining why he didn’t choose to send the midfielder back to Chelsea, Dyche said: “You can do that (send a player back), and I’m not there to question people who do. I just take things as I find them in my own professional manner. So no, I just talked to him, and the rest of it is private.”
Dyche continued: “First, I wanted to find out facts which I did. Secondly, look at the reality of it and forget about him being a footballer, and accept things happen in life.
“The other thing, and we’ve been big on that during our time here, you can’t just talk about development when it’s good news. You also to have work with players when it’s not quite so good.
“It’s been more of that sort of situation. I’ve had a chat with him about what happened, the situation that led to it. Now it’s a case of where we go from here. That’s where we’re at.”