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Burnley boss Dyche admits managing Europa League run already a test

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits managing their Europa League run is already proving a test.

The Clarets beat Aberdeen 3-1 after extra time on Thursday night to complete a 4-2 aggregate success and set up a third qualifying round tie with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir next week.

Burnley are already without midfield pair Steven Defour and Robbie Brady and goalkeeping duo Nick Pope and Tom Heaton while Chris Wood picked up a knock against the Dons and Aaron Lennon and Stephen Ward were both replaced as precautions.

On the injuries, Dyche said: "That is the challenge of this competition, it is highly competitive as we have seen in both legs and are the players ready for that and are their bodies ready for that?

"We hope they are and a lot are but you can't really tell truly if they are because it has come early.

"The friendly games are different, it is a different emotional response to when it means something like (Aberdeen) so there is a higher emotional stress on the body and usually you build into that and it has just come a bit quick."

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