​​Burnley will be without defender James Tarkowski for their next three matches after he accepted a charge of violent conduct from the FA, as reported by the ​BBC.

The Englishman swung his arm into the chest of ​Brighton striker Glenn Murray at the weekend, and the case was revisited retrospectively.

It is a big blow for the Clarets, who have been flying high in the ​Premier League this season, with Tarkowski one of the standout defenders in the division so far.

Remarkably, Sean Dyche's side are the joint-best defensive outfit along with the two Manchester clubs, and Tarkowski, along with centre-back partner Ben Mee, has been a huge reason for that.


His solid performances have prompted some media outlets to tout him for a chance with England before much longer, and Gareth Southgate is likely to oblige given his record for calling up new faces.

Tarkowski will miss games against Tottenham, ​Manchester United and ​Huddersfield in the Premier League and will return to proceedings against ​Liverpool on New Year's Day.