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Clarets set for Pope boost

1st January 2019, 16:09 by Tom McGarry

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will soon have a selection dilemma on his hands as goalkeeper Nick Pope is expected to return this week.

England international Pope has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury during the Clarets' Europa League clash with Aberdeen in July, but he is now on the verge of making a return.

Wednesday's Premier League six-pointer against Huddersfield is expected to come too soon for the 26-year-old, but Dyche has confirmed he could be handed a start when the Clarets host Barnsley in the FA Cup this weekend.

"Popey is getting closer," Dyche said. "He's training all the time now virtually, so he needs to get at least one more game into him. Possibly we'll consider it for the cup game because he's that clear.

"He's been training with us for about a month and we have to be careful, we have to give him the chance to be right."

Pope’s return will add to Dyche's selection issues in goal after Tom Heaton started in place of Joe Hart in Sunday's 2-0 victory over West Ham and he is expected to retain his place against Huddersfield.

Winger Robbie Brady could also face the Terriers following three games out with an adductor problem, while full-back Matt Lowton is available after a ban.

However, the match will come too soon for both Steven Defour and Aaron Lennon, who are struggling with respective calf and knee problems.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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