Amazing for Tom Heaton: Burnley boost before Southampton

Burnley vs Southampton

It’s been a while since Burnley won a game of football.

The last time Sean Dyche’s men picked up maximum points was when Burnley beat Stoke 1-0 back on December 12.

Over two months later, Burnley have gone eleven games without winning.

Yet the Clarets are still seventh in the Premier League, although Leicester are no just one point behind them in the table.

Southampton would love to be in that position.

Third bottom of the division, the Saints are starring relegation in the face.

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Tom Heaton is back!

This could be important news for Burnley in the final few months of the season.

When the season began, Tom Heaton was firmly established as the number one at Burnley.

Indeed, Heaton has been rewarded with England call-ups in recent times.

Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in September, and he’s not played in the Premier League since.

Nick Pope stepped into the breach, and he’s excellent for the Clarets this season.

Now Dyche faces a bit of a dilemma as Heaton is back!

Chris Wood & Dean Marney

And there is more good news for Burnley before Southampton.

New Zealand international striker Chris Wood also made his comeback in the Blackpool game. Wood, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, played 70 minutes after missing nine games because of his injury.

And that’s not all as midfielder Dean Marney also played in the training match after his recent knee injury too.

Burnley still have several injury issues, however. Jon Walters, James Tarkowski, Phil Bardsley, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are all injured at the moment.

Southampton also have issues before this weekend’s game. Charlie Auston remains injured, while the Saints have doubts over Shane Long, Steven Davis, Maya Yoshida and Safaine Boufal.

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