Dyche rules out Heaton for ‘a number of months’

Daniel Storey

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has had surgery on a shoulder injury and is expected to be out “for months”, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has announced.

The 31-year-old, capped three times by England, suffered the injury after landing awkwardly during the first half of the Clarets’ 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

He was led from the field before being assessed. Heaton then went under the knife on Wednesday.

Dyche had said after the game he suspected Heaton would be missing for a number of months and, asked whether that would be the case at a press conference on Thursday, he replied:

“Yes, It won’t be weeks, it will be a longer period.”

Heaton was named in Gareth Southgate’s last squad at the expense of Jordan Pickford, but Pickford will now have a chance to stake his claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad next summer.

Heaton, meanwhile, will hope that he can recover in time to give him the chance to impress Southgate all over again.