Burnley was noticeably missing Jordan Beyer in the 3-1 loss at Aston Villa. The 23-year-old was a huge loss at the center of the defence, which appeared much more flimsy without him.
After the game, when asked about Beyer’s absence, Kompany said there had been initial concerns that his injury was “much, much worse” than it actually was.
“He was a massive miss (today), definitely in progressing the ball he’s one of our best players at doing that,” he said. “But okay, that’s why we have our squad. I hope he’s going to be back after the international break.
“We had a bit of a scare it was going to be much, much worse than that so in my view it’s still a positive.”
Should Beyer’s recovery proceed as expected, the German defender will miss both next Saturday’s league match against Tottenham and Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup second-round match against Nottingham Forest.
Then, Kompany’s team will have a week off for the international break before going up against Forest once more on Monday, this time in the league.
Due to a three-game suspension for receiving a red card against Manchester City, Anass Zaroury was unable to play against Villa. Darko Churlinov (health concerns) and Michael Obafemi (hamstring) were also sidelined. The likes of Hjalmar Ekdal and Charlie Taylor were also not part of the match day squad.
One of the first transfers Burnley completed since promotion to the Premier League was to activate the buyout clause in Jordan Beyer’s loan deal from Borussia Mönchengladbach.