Burnley apply for special UEFA dispensation after Pope surgery

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Nick Pope

English club Burnley have applied for special UEFA dispensation to register a new goalkeeper for their Europa League second leg tie with Abderdeen. First choice goaltender Nick Pope will be out for an extended period after undergoing surgery to his shoulder on Wednesday.

Pope suffered the injury in the first leg of Burnley’s Europa League qualifier against Aberdeen and with Tom Heaton also out, manager Sean Dyche’s options are limited for the return fixture. The club have therefore contacted the UEFA, hoping they are able to register a replacement goalkeeper for the second leg with Aberdeen.

The first tie ended in a 1-1 draw, with Burnley keen to secure a spot in the next round while they play Aberdeen at Turf Moor. The Clarets have been linked with a temporary short-term loan move for Southampton’s Fraser Forster, but they will only push through the deal if the UEFA gives permission to register an extra player.

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