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Burnley hit by Paterson lay-off

Martin Paterson
Paterson has been an ever-present for the Clarets this season

Burnley striker Martin Paterson will be out for at least three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

Paterson, 22, was carried off after twisting his knee during Tuesday's 3-2 Carling Cup defeat at Barnsley and surgery revealed a cartilage tear.

Clarets boss Owen Coyle said: "It's the worst-case scenario."

However there was better news for keeper Brian Jensen, who was taken off with a dead leg in midweek. Coyle said: "Brian could be fit for the weekend."

Paterson, who was Burnley's top scorer last season with 19 goals in all competitions, was taken off after only 15 minutes at Oakwell.

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Coyle added: "There was a tear in the cartilage - we were hoping he had just nicked it and that would allay him for two to four weeks.

"Coming also off the back of the injury to Chris McCann, it's a body blow for both the players."

McCann is also out for up to three months because of medial knee ligament damage.

The midfielder was injured in a challenge with Sunderland defender Michael Turner last Saturday - in a game that Burnley won 3-1.

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