“Forget about the footballer, sometimes people get into scrapes” is what Sean Dyche commented when talking about Danny Drinkwater’s ‘unfortunate’ altercation outside a nightclub in Manchester.
According to initial reports the midfielder, on loan from Chelsea , will be out for at least a couple of weeks after damaging ankle ligaments during a scuffle with a group of people earlier this month.
Ever since reports about the incident first surfaced, there has been mounting speculation regarding the circumstances under which the argument escalated during the 29-year-old’s night out.
While the details are still a bit murky a new image has turned up on Twitter which seemingly shows the extent to which the Burnley player was roughened up by the angry group during their fist fight.
Viewer discretion is advised when viewing this highly graphic image showing a battered and barely recognizable Danny Drinkwater which is presumably taken shortly after the incident.
That’s not looking pretty, check out the image of Drinkwater’s face after the altercation here :
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has defended Danny Drinkwater after nightclub incident
Dyche is known as a manager who values professionalism highly but, publicly, he declined to criticise Drinkwater, saying: “They (footballers) are actually human beings, they do have private lives, which sometimes are not private, obviously. And sometimes they get in scrapes.
“He’s certainly old enough and wise enough to know you do whatever you can to not get in scrapes but sometimes it happens.
“We’ve been big over our time here – you can’t just talk about development when it’s good news, you also have to work with players if things are not quite as good.
“It’s been more that sort of situation, have a chat with him and say ‘what happened first of all, what was the situation that led to it. OK, let’s move away from that, now where to do we go from here’. So I think that’s where we’re at.”
Dyche declined to reveal whether Burnley have punished Drinkwater, who pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge earlier this year, saying: “Just talked to him, the rest of it’s private.”
The 29-year-old made his Clarets debut in the Carabao Cup defeat by Sunderland last month having missed the start of the season to build up his fitness after being frozen out of the picture at Chelsea.
Dyche hopes he will be back working with the rest of the squad in a couple of weeks and he is then likely to need more minutes in reserve games before he is considered for the Premier League side.
The Burnley boss insisted the incident would not be a black mark against Drinkwater, saying: “I’m not too worried about things in the past, we try and look for the things that we can sort out for the future.
“This is just a bump in the situation. We want to make sure he gets back to being fully fit, playing well, the eye of the tiger that it takes to be a top player.
“He wants to be back there playing well. He’s had a tough couple of years football wise, not playing much. He wants the hunger and desire to flood back into him and you have to earn that.
“You have to earn the right to bring back those feelgood factors and deliver the performances, and that’s what we want from him. He was doing, until this situation, he was getting on with it, he was working hard in his training. I’m sure he will do as soon as he’s fit again.”