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Clarets to hand Pope start

25th January 2019, 09:23 by James Mason

Sean Dyche is set to hand Nick Pope a start when Burnley travel to Manchester City on Saturday for FA Cup fourth-round action.

The Clarets are on a five-game unbeaten run ahead of the contest at the Etihad Stadium but with the main focus on Premier League survival, Dyche says he "will make changes".

One of those tweaks to the starting XI is expected to be in goal with Nick Pope replacing fellow England international Tom Heaton, leaving Joe Hart to warm the bench once again.

Right-back Matt Lowton, 29, is not expected to be fit enough to feature because of a toe injury whilst versatile defender Phil Bardsley remains a doubt and is only rated as a "maybe".

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is another doubt but Irish winger Robbie Brady, who has had his injury issues over the past couple of seasons, is set for a recall after recently completing his three-match ban.

Stephen Ward, Kevin Long and Ben Gibson are all pushing for starts at the back.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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