The striker hasn't played since a 1-1 draw with Fulham in February, and he's had a couple of setbacks on his path to rehabilitation.
Barnes had a hernia problem last year that necessitated surgery and kept him out for ten months, and Dyche admits his current issue is more severe than first thought.
“He was still playing with it, but it was a sore one, and we didn't realize how badly hurt it was because he was playing with it. And when he got a scan on it, it turned out to be a major tear, so it'll take longer to recover,” the Clarets chief said.
“He's had a lot of small losses along the way, but he's been really unlucky, and that's how it often affects players over the course of their careers – Robbie Brady has been unfortunate, Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) has had his fair share.
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