Ashley Barnes: Burnley striker to miss most of next season

Ashley Barnes
Ashley Barnes scored five goals in the Premier League for Burnley this season

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes will miss most of next season because he needs an operation on damaged knee ligaments.

Barnes, 25, suffered the injury during the relegated side's 1-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa in their final game of the campaign.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche backed the forward, who scored five league goals this season, to overcome the setback.

"We know what a tough lad he is and he will be back on the road to recovery as soon as possible," Dyche said.

Barnes was the fourth Burnley player to suffer the blow in 14 months, following striker Sam Vokes, defender Kevin Long and midfielder Dean Marney.

Dyche added: "To have four cruciate injuries, you just can't believe it. It's an incredible misfortune."