Burnley’s Tom Heaton suffers serious shoulder injury

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Despite beating Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday, Burnley were handed a big blow as goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton could be out for quite some time.

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Heaton, 31, went down towards the end of the first half after claiming a high ball above several defenders and an attacker before landing heavily on his left shoulder.

Following the victory Burnley boss Sean Dyche revealed that Heaton had dislocated his shoulder and wasn’t sure how long he’d be out.

“Tom Heaton, it looks like a dislocated shoulder and if that is the case we are looking at months, not weeks,” Dyche confirmed.

The England international goalkeeper is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

With dislocated shoulders, especially for a goalkeeper, it usually takes several months to get back out onto the pitch.

Nick Pope came on for Heaton and was steady enough with a good save late on but Dyche now has a real problem as he’s lost his defensive leader who was one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League last season.

Pope will be backed up by Adam Legzdins until Heaton returns.