Burnley V Ipswich at Turf Moor : Match Preview

03 May 2013 12:31
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Dyche ponders defensive dilemma

Burnley manager Sean Dyche faces a headache in the centre of defence for the final npower Championship game of the season against Ipswich.

Michael Duff must serve a one-match suspension after being booked twice during last weekend's 2-1 win at Wolves, while David Edgar has been granted compassionate leave to return to his native Canada for the birth of his first child.

If Kevin Long (groin) and Ben Mee (knee) fail to shake off their respective injury problems Dyche will be without a recognised centre-back to partner skipper Jason Shackell.

Top scorer Charlie Austin remains on the sidelines after having his appendix removed.

Dean Marney is set to start in midfield after penning a new two-year contract this week.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has no new injury or suspension problems.

Town's 3-1 victory at home to Birmingham last weekend made sure of Championship survival and McCarthy plans to rotate his ranks for the final day of the season, with both sides having nothing but pride to play for.

That means the likes of Anthony Wordsworth, Lee Martin, Michael Chopra, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Andy Drury, Patrick Kisnorbo and Arran Lee-Barrett, among others, come into contention for starting berths at Turf Moor.

Only long-term absentees Paul Taylor (foot) and Josh Carson (metatarsal) are unavailable for selection.

Amazingly, Ipswich, currently 11th in the Championship table, could finish the season anywhere between ninth and 18th.

Source: PA