Austin ruled out for season

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Jamie Smith April 17, 2013
Jamie Smith
58 would almost certainly be enough. Wish I had your ... 2 years ago

Charlie Austin may have played his last game for Burnley.

The star striker is in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix after he fell ill.

Austin is not expected to be back before the end of the season, meaning the Clarets will have to go into their last three matches without him.

With only a year left on his contract, Burnley fans might have seen the last of Austin with a summer transfer appearing likely.

The former Swindon Town man famously topped European goalscoring charts earlier in the season thanks to his exploits in front of goal, with hat-tricks at home to Peterborough United and Sheffield Wednesday under Eddie Howe.

Although his goal return has been less impressive under Sean Dyche, he still boasts 28 goals from his 40 appearances this season.

Austin’s 41 goals in 82 league games for Burnley mark him out as one of the Club’s finest goalscorers in the modern era.

In a brief statement on the official site posted ahead of last night’s match at Elland Road, the Club said Austin “complained of feeling unwell during training on Monday. After being diagnosed with appendicitis, Austin had an operation on Tuesday morning that is likely to rule him out for the remaining four games of the Championship season.”

Will Austin play for Burnley again? Comment below.

  • Chris Ellis

    He won’t play for us again, sad as that is! OUr board are going to cash in on him in the summer and unless we get a change at boardroom level, I fear for us moving forward. We seem to lack leadership and direction, I don’t think the joint leadership is really working, we seem to have gone a bit aimless.

    Hopefully we can get Vokes and Ings to work well together for next season, providing we sort ourselves out against Wolves or Ipswich and get the remaining point needed to make sure we stay up!!

    • Mike Madain reply to Chris Ellis

      Are my maths way out. How is it that we only need a point when the next to bottom two could get 59 & 60 points respectively? We are 6 points short of being safe. If I’m wrong, please cheer me up.

      On another note, I see Dyche has invented another sound-bite. WTF is ‘front-foot thinking’?

      • Jamie Smith
        Jamie Smithin reply to Mike Mada

        I don’t think anyone believes 59 points will be needed, Mike.

    • Jamie Smith
      Jamie Smithin reply to Chris Ellis

      I don’t think they have a choice but to sell. If he won’t sign a new contract – and would you? – then we have to get what we can for him.

      • Chris Ellisin reply to Jamie Smith

        I agree totally, none of the players can be enjoying it at the moment, under Dyche he seems to be too isolated, with no one around him and that will never work.

        I think we will beat wolves away, point at home to Ipswich, hope its enough.

        • Jamie Smith
          Jamie Smithin reply to Chris Ellis

          58 would almost certainly be enough. Wish I had your confidence we’ll get there. I don’t expect us to get more than two draws in the last three games.