Clarets boss hopeful on keeper

Clarets boss hopeful on keeper

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton is a doubt for Sunday's trip to Southampton but boss Sean Dyche is hopeful he will be involved.

Heaton had to withdraw from the England squad for the draw in Slovenia due to a calf injury and he faces a battle to be fit for the trip to St Mary's.

“He seems okay. We’ll get more news over the next couple of days, the extra day is helpful with us playing Sunday,” Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“We don’t think it’s too serious. He did it in training, he felt his calf was a bit tight. The Football Association were really good with that (withdrawing him from Slovenia game), we got it checked out and it’s just a tiny little strain but you’ve still got be careful with these things.

“It’s an extra training day to be feeling right about everything and ready to go.

“We’re hopeful but there’s no guarantees, the game’s still a few days away but we’re very hopeful on it.”

Should Heaton miss out, veteran Paul Robinson is in line to deputise, while striker Andre Gray serves the third game of a four-match suspension for historic social media posts.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Robinson, Pope, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Tarkowski, A O'Neill, K Long, Flanagan, Marney, Kightly, Defour, Hendrick, Boyd, Gudmundsson, Arfield, Vokes, Bamford.