Burnley News: Dyche concerned by Pope injury

12 months ago

In the latest Burnley news, boss Sean Dyche admits the shoulder injury suffered by goalkeeper Nick Pope during Thursday’s Europa League qualifier with Aberdeen looks “serious”.

The England international, who was part of the Three Lions squad at this summer’s World Cup, picked up the problem after just 14 minutes of the game at Pittodrie, and was subsequently replaced by Anders Lindegaard.

Aberdeen took the lead from the penalty spot just five minutes after Pope’s withdrawal but Burnley were able to salvage a draw to take into next week’s second leg after substitute Sam Vokes struck with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Dyche’s main focus after the match was on the fitness of Pope and he confirmed the initial prognosis does not look good for the 26-year-old.

“We are waiting to find out more news,” Dyche said. “Nick has gone to hospital with an injury to his shoulder and it certainly looks more serious than not serious at this stage, so we are really disappointed in that.”

Pope has been Burnley’s first-choice goalkeeper since the shoulder injury suffered by Tom Heaton towards the start of last season.

Heaton was once again missing for Thursday’s match, which is why Lindegaard was the man to come off the bench.

Lindegaard could also be called into action for next week’s return match with Aberdeen at Turf Moor, while he may also be needed for the start of the new Premier League season, with Burnley set to take on Southampton in their domestic opener at St Mary’s Stadium on August 12.

Burnley finished seventh in the Premier League last season but they could face more of a struggle this term as they attempt to juggle life on both the domestic and European fronts.

The Clarets are priced at 4/1 with bet365 to be relegated at the end of the campaign.