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Dyche: Anders Is Up For The Fight

Burnley boss says new signing is motivated for Premier League return

21 September 2017

Sean Dyche has been impressed by Anders Lindegaard’s hunger to fight for a Premier League place with the Clarets.

Lindegaard last played in the top-flight for Manchester United in April, 2014.

The Danish international goalkeeper has since spent a short stint at West Bromwich Albion and played Championship football with Preston North End during an 18-month stay at Deepdale.

And the 33-year-old now has a chance to challenge for place in Burnley’s Premier League plans after signing a contract until the end of the season following the shoulder injury sustained by Tom Heaton.

“With Tom getting injured we started looking round to see if anyone was out there,” said Burnley boss Dyche.

“We know of Anders and knew he had turned down a couple of things. He’s got a good history with what he’s done.

“He’s coming out of a little quiet spell but he is very motivated. I spoke with him, as did (goalkeeping coach) Billy Mercer of course, and he seems very motivated to come in and really fight and get fit and get sharp, which he has shown.

“Even over a few days that’s beginning to come back immediately. We have been really impressed with that and pleased with that.

“He spoke to us of his hunger and desire to work hard, not just to be here for the sake of it, and try and progress and try and put pressure on the number-one situation.”

Lindegaard – a Premier League winner with United in 2013 and capped five times by his country – joins Adam Legzdins and Nick Pope in the senior goalkeeping ranks at Turf Moor, with Heaton beginning his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Meanwhile, striker Jonathan Walters is facing a possible spell on the sidelines after missing the Clarets’ mid-week Carabao Cup exit with a knee problem.

“He's got to let his knee settle down a little bit. His knee flared up a bit, so we’re not sure on timescales with that,” said Dyche.

Recent signing Nahki Wells will also miss out on a reunion with former club Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on Saturday but is progressing well on his recovery from minor ankle surgery.

“We know the injury, we’re being careful in the early stages, but he's on the grass and going well, the last 10 days or so," added the Burnley boss.

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