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Pope Set For Burnley Start

Pope Set For Burnley Start

Sean Dyche says there is a “fair chance” Nick Pope will start in goal for Burnley’s FA Cup trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

The Clarets are on a five-game unbeaten run ahead of the contest at the Etihad Stadium but with the main focus on Premier League survival, Dyche says he “will make changes”.

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One of those tweaks to the starting XI is expected to be in goal with Nick Pope replacing fellow England international Tom Heaton, leaving Joe Hart to warm the bench once again.

Right-back Matt Lowton, 29, is not expected to be fit enough to feature because of a toe injury whilst versatile defender Phil Bardsley remains a doubt and is only rated as a “maybe”.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is another doubt but Irish winger Robbie Brady, who has had his injury issues over the past couple of seasons, is set for a recall after recently completing his three-match ban.

Stephen Ward, Kevin Long and Ben Gibson are all pushing for starts at the back.

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