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Burnley keeper Lindegaard 'devastated' for crocked Pope

Anders Lindegaard was delighted with his Burnley debut for the 1-1 draw in the first-leg of their Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen.

The Danish goalkeeper hadn't played a competitive fixture since conceding six for Preston in a League Cup tie with Newcastle in October 2016.

But when Nick Pope suffered a shoulder injury early in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg tie at Pittodrie, Lindegaard was called on.

"I kind of hoped to play the game from the beginning because Nick has just come back from holiday and Tom is injured," the Dane told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

"I think I've had a pretty strong pre-season. I want to play every game, but I'm a loyal soldier to Burnley and I'm here on their terms."

Lindegaard's chance arrived when Pope suffered what looked like a serious shoulder injury, just two days after returning to the club after being part of the England squad at the World Cup this summer.

"For Nick it is so unfortunate and so unlucky," added the 34-year-old.

"I'm devastated for him, you could see how focussed he was coming back from the short break he had, he got a lot of energy from being with the national team. I feel very sorry for him."

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