Burnley striker Paterson suffers hamstring tear
6:22pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in Sport
BURNLEY striker Martin Paterson has been ruled out for at least another week after scans revealed he suffered a 'grade one' hamstring tear against Bolton last weekend.
Paterson was absent from the midweek defeat at Middlesbrough and this afternoon's 2-0 loss at Huddersfield Town, where manager Eddie Howe confirmed the extent of the damage.
“It's a really tiny tear so we expect Martin back very soon. Whether he makes the Brighton game or not we'll have to wait and see,” said the Burnley boss, who was frustrated by his side's inability to defend or benefit from set plays at The John Smith's Stadium.
“We were disappointing today in both boxes. Their biggest threat was from set plays and we couldn't deal with them, and then at the other end we had a number of set plays ourselves and we didn't cause too much threat.
“I think the lack of creativity and lack of spark in that final third was always missing from an attacking perspective, and defensively we didn't stick our heads on the block and clear enough balls with our heads.”