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Pope shoulder surgery leaves Burnley assessing keeper options for Euro return

Anders Lindegaard could be their only available keeper on Thursday.

Burnley have sought UEFA dispensation to register another goalkeeper ahead of their Europa League clash against Aberdeen on Thursday, with Nick Pope having undergone an operation on his dislocated shoulder.

Manager Sean Dyche would not put a timeframe on Pope’s recovery but the England man looks to be facing a lengthy period out.

With Tom Heaton expected to be sidelined for the second leg of the second-round qualifying clash after picking up a calf problem, Burnley could be left with Anders Lindegaard as their only available keeper.

Dyche could potentially look at signing another player ahead of the match but a more likely option would be to register their fourth keeper, Adam Legzdins, for the match.

Pope suffered the injury in only the 13th minute of the first leg in Aberdeen and he has now gone under the knife.

Dyche said: “He’s had the op. So far pleasing news in that the specialist was happy with what he found and what’s been done. I haven’t spoken to Popey yet today because he was still recovering but I’ll speak to him later.”

It is the second successive summer that Burnley have seen arguably their first-choice keeper dislocate a shoulder. Heaton was sidelined for more than six months after damaging his shoulder in the fourth match of last season against Crystal Palace.

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