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Burnley striker Barnes sends warning to Wood ahead of Newcastle clash

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has a warning for Chris Wood ahead of tomorrow's clash with Newcastle.

Sunday's game will allow Barnes to catch up with former team-mates Kieran Trippier, a close friend, and Wood, who Barnes said was the best strike partner he has had in his career.

“We played together at Brighton as well when he was young," Barnes said. “He has to be my number one partnership for sure with what we achieved together, it worked so well, we knew each other at all times."

When Newcastle, who were relegation rivals at the time, activated a release clause in Wood's contract to whisk him away in January, it was a move that rocked Burnley who scrambled to bring in Wout Weghorst as a replacement.

It would be a particularly cruel blow if Wood, who has shaken off an injury problem, were to be the one to relegate Burnley on Sunday, but Barnes said his team-mates were primed to make sure that was not the case.

“That's it," he said with a grin. “We'll make sure the lads kick him a bit more."


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