England goalkeeper Nick Pope back for Burnley after 10 days off following World Cup… but lasts just 14 minutes before he’s forced off by injury
- Pope was named in the starting line-up for Thursday’s Europa League tie
- The 26-year-old had only returned to training at Burnley on Tuesday
- He had a 10-day break after England’s final game at the World Cup in Russia
- The keeper was forced off in the 14th minute after suffering an injury
Nick Pope was back in action for Burnley just 12 days after the end of his World Cup campaign with England.
The Clarets goalkeeper was named in the starting line-up for Thursday’s Europa League tie at Aberdeen.
But Pope was forced off after appearing to suffer a shoulder injury in a collision with Sam Cosgrove in the 14th minute.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was left in a heap following a collision with Sam Cosgrove
The Burnley keeper was unable to continue and he was replaced by Anders Lindegaard
Pope, who made the Burnley goalkeeper’s jersey his own after Tom Heaton himself injured a shoulder just four matches into the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, was replaced by former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard
It was a huge blow for the 26-year-old, who had a 10-day break following England’s third place play-off defeat by Belgium in Russia on July 14.
He was an unused substitute as Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten 2-0 by Belgium in the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
NickPope didn’t feature in the World Cup but he was training with the Three Lions in Russia
While most of his England team-mates are on a summer break following their World Cup exertions, Pope was back training on Tuesday.
Although he didn’t feature in the tournament he was training with the Three Lions in Russia and Burnley boss Sean Dyche had no concerns about throwing him back into action against the Scottish Premiership side.
Asked if he could feature at Pittodrie on Thursday, Dyche said: ‘We’ll see. He’s had 10 days, he should come back in pretty much ready to go.’
Pope was an unused substitute as Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten 2-0 by Belgium
Burnley are competing in Europe for the first time in 51 years.
The winner will play Istanbul Basaksehir, who finished third in the Turkish league, in the third qualifying round.