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BURN­LEY de­fender Kevin Long has signed a new two-year con­tract with the club – even though he will miss the rest of the sea­son through in­jury.

Long suf­fered a knee in­jury only 20 min­utes into his Pre­mier League de­but against New­cas­tle last week.

The Clarets’ med­i­cal de­part­ment con­firmed the Ir­ish­man had rup­tured his cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and will be side­lined for around nine months.

Long, 24, joined Burn­ley from Cork City in 2010 and was sent out on loan spells at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Rochdale and Portsmouth.

His cur­rent con­tract had been due to ex­pire in the sum­mer.

Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che said: “Shane will be looked af­ter, as we do with our play­ers.”

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