sport news Nick Pope ready to return for Burnley

Nick Pope ready to return for Burnley as Sean Dyche prepares for another selection problem in goal Goalkeeper Tom Heaton made first Premier League start in 15 months on Sunday Joe Hart was dropped while Nick Pope is nearing a return from a shoulder injury Sean Dyche will consider Pope for FA Cup clash against Barnsley at the weekend 

By Ian Parker, Press Association Sport

Published: 13:35 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 13:35 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Nick Pope is close to giving Burnley manager Sean Dyche yet another selection problem in goal.

Dyche on Sunday dropped Joe Hart and handed Tom Heaton his first Premier League start in 15 months following injury, and was rewarded with a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over West Ham.

Pope, who earned an England call-up for his performances filling in for Heaton last season, is nearing a return from his own shoulder injury and Dyche will consider him for the FA Cup clash against Barnsley at the weekend.

Nick Pope is close to giving Burnley boss Sean Dyche yet another selection problem in goal

Nick Pope is close to giving Burnley boss Sean Dyche yet another selection problem in goal

'Popey is getting closer,' Dyche said. 'He's training all the time now virtually, so he needs to get at least one more game into him. Possibly we'll consider it for the cup game, because he's that clear.

'He's been training with us for about a month, and

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