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Dyche Determined To Be Sure On Heaton

Clarets captain may be given another week to be reay to challenge

30 March 2018

Tom Heaton looks likely to be given a little longer to complete his road back to first-team contention as boss Sean Dyche bides his time with the club captain.

Heaton is eager to put his hat in the ring to challenge Nick Pope for his starting place in the Clarets’ line-up.

The England international has played four 90-minute games since returning to full training following his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

But in the opinion of Dyche, Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion may come just too soon for Heaton as he takes no chances with the long-serving keeper.

The manager said: “I spoke to him in the week about it. I probably go the other way a little bit, I’m a little bit cautious with injuries.

“The aim is to come back once, be a little bit careful and cautious, and make sure.

“Some players find it hard. Tom is chomping, and it’s probably me more than him saying ‘just have another week with us’.

“I’m just saying make sure. Be doubly sure everything is good.

“Tom’s nearly, he’s not quite there yet. He wants to be there, it’s me saying calm down a little bit.”

Midfielder Scott Arfield also misses the trip to the Hawthorns, where the Clarets will be looking for a third straight win.

But wideman Johann Berg Gudmundsson is expected to be fit to face the Premier League’s bottom club, despite picking up a minor knock on international duty with Iceland.

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