Burnley top scorer Chris Wood will be ready to return to action when the Clarets host Arsenal on Sunday (26 November) after the former Leeds United forward missed last weekend's 2-0 win over Swansea City.

However, manager Sean Dyche will still be without Tom Heaton, Dean Marney and Jon Walters against the Gunners as the trio continue to work on their respective injury recoveries.

Wood has become a crucial player for Dyche since his summer arrival from Leeds in a club-record transfer said to worth around £15m ($20m).

The New Zealand international has made 10 appearances for Burnley to date, scoring four goals, including three in the Premier League.

However, Wood was unable to help his side during last Saturday's win over Swansea after only returning from international duty the day before.

Dyche has now claimed that the striker has managed to shake off his hamstring woes and will be back to face Arsenal.

"Chris Wood has had a good week with us, he's definitely available for selection," he said, as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph.

Dyche also provided a positive update on the recoveries of Marney, Walters and Heaton, although confirmed that the visit of Arsenal will come too early for the trio.

"Dean Marney and Jon Walters are getting fitter and stronger all the time," he added. "Jon has been on the grass for a couple of weeks just making sure he's going in the right direction. Tom Heaton is moving on now, which is good. It's longer term but it's moving forwards.

"Deano is doing great, he's in front of the timescales. I spoke to him this week about bearing in mind that he is in front of the timescales so don't be in a crazy rush to get back. He's training with us full on all the time now. Jon is a step behind that.

"He's been training with the physios but he's just beginning to join in with warm-ups and get himself back into the group again."

Burnley have accrued the same number of points as Arsenal during an impressive start to the campaign, having won three successive top-tier matches - against Swansea, Southampton and Newcastle United - for the first time in 42 years.

"They are a fine side with a brilliant manager. We have spoken many times about the big challenges throughout a season. They can come in all different ways in the Premier League, as we know," Dyche said of Arsenal.

"But it's fair to say there's a group of clubs at the very top who will always be looked upon - or certainly in recent times be looked upon - as the main big games of the season. I think Arsenal, without a shadow of doubt, fit into that, and particularly at Turf Moor."

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Wood has scored three Premier League goals since his summer arrival from Leeds Reuters