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Positive News On Pope

Surgery goes well as Clarets keeper starts recovery

1 August 2018

Nick Pope has undergone successful surgery on the shoulder injury he suffered in the Clarets’ European opener against Aberdeen.

Pope dislocated a shoulder early in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie in last Thursday night’s Europa League second-round qualifier first leg.

No timescale has been put on a possible return to action for the England international goalkeeper.

But manager Sean Dyche gave an upbeat bulletin on the early stages of Pope’s recovery.

“He’s had the operation and so far it’s pleasing news, in the sense of the specialist being happy with what he found and what’s been done,” Dyche confirmed.

“He was just really pleased that when he went in, it (the injury) was as clean as he hoped for, so it’s good news on that.”

The return leg against the Scottish Premiership side at Turf Moor on Thursday night will “probably” come too soon for Tom Heaton to return from a minor calf problem.

Anders Lindegaard, who came off the bench to make his Burnley debut at Aberdeen, is fit to play after a slight thigh injury was not risked in last Sunday’s drawn friendly against Montpellier at Turf Moor.

But Dyche has not ruled out the possibility of seeking goalkeeping reinforcements for the period ahead in the absence of Pope.

And the Clarets could seek dispensation from UEFA to register Adam Legzdins - who kept a clean sheet against Montpellier - in Thursday's match-day squad, which is limited to 21 senior players, if required.

"We are always open-minded to add to the group when we can," Dyche added.

“If we think there is something we can do to increase the competition levels within that department then we will look at it."


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