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Team news ahead of Tuesday night's Championship clash between Burnley and Coventry at Turf Moor.

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Burnley boss Eddie Howe is unlikely to make wholesale changes.

The Clarets' play-off hopes were dealt a blow on Saturday after they were thumped 3-0 at home by Millwall and they will again be without a trio of strikers.

Charlie Austin has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder.

Fellow frontman Steven Thompson is sidelined for at least a month following a groin operation and Martin Paterson is also absent with a thigh injury.

Midfielder Chris McCann is edging closer to match fitness after a long-term knee injury.

Howe is urging his side to bounce straight back from Saturday's defeat, saying: "It's an opportunity to put it right in front of our own fans."

Steve Harrison and Andy Thorn will take charge of Coventry at Turf Moor following the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd.

First-team coach Harrison and chief scout Thorn have been placed in temporary charge of team affairs with Boothroyd and assistant manager Martin Pert both relieved of their duties on Monday morning following a run of just one win in 16 games.

Boothroyd suffered terribly with injuries over recent months and there is no let up for Harrison or Thorn.

Centre-back Martin Cranie will be assessed ahead of the clash at Turf Moor having sustained a suspected hamstring strain which forced him off late on in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Hull.

Marlon King serves the third match of his four-game ban, while fellow striker Clive Platt (calf) will again be assessed. But goalkeeper Keiren Westwood should again feature having passed a late fitness test on his hip/thigh muscle strain to return between the sticks at the weekend.

Meanwhile, City are expected to learn this week whether centre-back Ben Turner needs another operation to repair torn knee ligaments which have sidelined him for four months. Skipper Lee Carsley, defender James McPake and midfielders Gary Deegan and Isaac Osbourne all remain out.

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