Premier League outfit Burnley have lost Tom Heaton for quite some time, after the England international underwent a surgery following a shoulder injury in the side’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last week.
The Clarets, who have got off to a solid start this season in the EPL, have eyed former Man United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard as a replacement for their injured star. The club has taken the experienced man up on trial, with an eye to have solidity in their goalkeeping ranks. However, their No. 2 goalkeeper Nick Pope is expected to start their tie against Liverpool this weekend.
Lindegaard was seen practicing with Burnley this week, and is speculated to provide cover for Heaton and fight for a place with Pope. Burnley manager Sean Dyche stated via Burnley Express that Heaton has had a successful surgery, and that the club will ensure his shoulder will settle strongly when he makes a comeback.
“Tom’s had his operation, and it went well, it was straight-forward. Obviously it’s too early to know how well it has settled down, but with him being a goalkeeper rather than an outfield player, we have to make sure it is super-strong,” said Dyche.
Lindegaard joined West Bromwich Albion after taking the exit from United, and then went on to join Preston North End, as he was released by the club last season. He made just 18 appearances for Preston over two seasons, after featuring for the Baggies just once in 2015-16 before making a move in the January transfer window.
Dyche also went on to confirm that Lindegaard was training for the side, and although nothing is fixed, he would like to have three ideal keepers in his side.
“He’s [Lindegaard] been training with us for a couple of days, he came in Tuesday. There’s nothing imminent yet, but in an ideal world we’d like three fit keepers, so we’re definitely open-minded to what’s out there, and the Bosman market is what we’re looking at,” added the boss.
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