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1718 burnley jonathan walters 01 500x500It was a surprise last week when Jon Walters was rumoured to be on his way to Sunderland on loan with a view to a permanent signing. It was even put forward as possible by manager Sean Dyche, but last night’s news has ended that speculation.

Walters hasn’t played much for us since signing for Stoke in the summer. He was used as a substitute in the first two league games against Chelsea and West Brom before starting the League Cup tie against Blackburn during which he suffered an injury. He was out for some time but has returned recently and came on twice in Manchester in the last few weeks, in the league game against United at Old Trafford and then the FA Cup tie at the Etihad against City.

Then came the Sunderland speculation and then came our manager suggesting it could happen but not immediately. But all that ended last night when Walters posted a photograph of himself in a hospital bed on his Twitter account accompanied with the words: “Devastated .. but it is what it is! I don’t look too bad in tights!!”

That was cleared up this morning as a cartilage trim and this afternoon Dyche confirmed it all. “Jon Walters has had a minor tidy up in his knee,” the manager said. “There was a very small split in the cartilage. It was annoying him, so the decision was made, from himself as well, because he’s old and wise enough, to get that tidied up.”

He added: “With good management we felt Jon would be okay, but unfortunately he has missed a lot of time and continues to do so. It is one of those things sometimes. Everyone wants him to be fit and he wants to be fit, but that’s the way it goes.”

It’s estimated he will be out for around five weeks.

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