Burnley have been rocked by devastating injury news ahead of a crucial European fixture.
The Clarets earned a respectable 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in their first European tie in over 51 years. Sean Dyche will be confident his side can get the job done at Turf Moor and progress to the next round of Europa League qualifiers. Unfortunately, he will be without goalkeeper Nick Pope.
The Englishman suffered an injury in the first half and was rushed to hospital. Scans later revealed the 26-year-old had dislocated his shoulder and will now see a specialist to determine a timescale. With Tom Heaton also injured, Burnley may be forced into the transfer market for a new goalkeeper.
One option could be Standard Liege stopper – Guillermo Ochoa. Valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, the 33-year-old was a hero for Mexico at the 2014 World Cup, as well as performing well for them this summer in Russia. He averaged a rating of 7.29 according to WhoScored and earned the Silver Glove award for his excellent showings.
Ochoa joined Liege last summer following miserable spells in Spain with Malaga and Granada. He made just one appearance in the Belgium Pro League last season. The former Ajaccio stopper has just one-year left on his current deal meaning Burnley won’t have to break the bank to bring him to the Premier League.
Reports suggest that Napoli are interested in the goalkeeper following Pepe Reina’s move to AC Milan. However, Burnley could hold the advantage in the race for his services as Ochoa doesn’t have an EU passport. Napoli would be forced to give up one of their non-EU slots to land the stopper.
If Pope is sidelined for six months, Dyche needs to bring Ochoa to Lancashire.
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