Burnley unlikely to recall record signing Ben Gibson despite defensive injury crisis

Burnley unlikely to recall record signing Ben Gibson despite defensive injury crisis as captain Ben Mee is ruled out for remainder of the season

  • Burnley will opt against recalling club-record signing Ben Gibson this week
  • The central defender trained with old club Middlesbough earlier in the season
  • Clarets have just two centre-backs available afyer Ben Mee sufferef thigh injury

Burnley are unlikely to recall club-record signing Ben Gibson from exile despite possessing only two fit central defenders.

Sean Dyche’s injury concerns worsened over the weekend when captain Ben Mee was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a thigh problem.

It leaves James Tarkowski and Kevin Long as Dyche’s only senior options at centre half. Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United was Long’s first Premier League start since 2018.

Burnley are not expected to recall outcast Ben Gibson despite having just two fit centre-backs

Only a dramatic shift in circumstances would see Gibson’s return, however, after a breakdown in relationship with the club earlier this season.

The 27-year-old has made just one league appearance for the Clarets since a £15million move from Middlesbrough two years ago and quickly became frustrated with a lack of opportunities.

That came to a head this season when disagreements with staff saw Gibson train away from the club. 

Captain Ben Mee (centre) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a thigh injury

Captain Ben Mee (centre) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a thigh injury

The former England Under 21 international had been training with boyhood club Boro under Jonathan Woodgate, although that arrangement is understood to have come to an end.

Burnley, who continue to pay Gibson’s wages worth around £40,000 a week, turned down a loan offer from Watford in January. He still has two years remaining on his contract.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s academy were granted a Category 1 status on Monday following a rapid restructuring over the last three years since the development of Barnfield Training Centre.