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Burnley's Heaton undergoes shoulder surgery

Burnley's Heaton undergoes shoulder surgery
Heaton receives medical attention after sustaining an injury during the match. - REUTERS
BURNLEY goalkeeper Tom Heaton has undergone surgery on a dislocated shoulder and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday.

Heaton, who was part of England manager Gareth Southgate's most recent squad, sustained the injury after a bad fall when gathering a cross during Burnley's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.

"Tom's surgery went very well. I'll speak to him this afternoon," Dyche told a news conference ahead of Burnley's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday.

"We're happy the surgery went well but we won't rush Tom back. He has to be 100 percent right, but this is just a blip and he'll be fine.
"They'd be a lesser period out for an outfield player but a goalkeeper is constantly landing on his shoulder. He's had a fantastic run. It won't be weeks, it will be a longer period."

Heaton gathers the ball before sustaining an injury during the Burnley vs Crystal Palace match on Sept 10, 2017. - REUTERS
Burnley are left with only Nick Pope and new signing Adam Legzdins as goalkeeping options and will look to recruit cover for the injured Heaton.

Dyche said former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, who is a free agent after being released by Preston North End in May, is training at the club.

Free agents can be signed by a club at any time during the season, if they had been released by their previous club before the end of the transfer window.

"Anders has spent days with us. We'll speak to him accordingly. We want three goalkeepers," he added.

Burnley have made a good start to the season after picking up two victories in their first four league games.