Nick Pope Set to Miss Delayed Euro 2020 Due to Minor Operation
Burnley & England International goalkeeper Nick Pope is to have knee surgery three weeks before the start of Euro 2020 just has been delayed by one year. Pope, will have a “minor” operation next week after missing Burnley’s final three Premier League games including the match this afternoon against Sheffield United.
Pope has been capped seven times including starting three World Cup qualifiers in March and is a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England squads. The England manager is ready to name his squad on Tuesday with England’s first game being played on the 13th June 2021.
While the operation puts a question mark over Nick Pope’s availability for selection, Burnley boss Sean Dyche has not ruled him out of the tournament. Speaking about the situation Dyche said, “It’s not ideal for him or us and possibly for the England team, be we will wait and see, it’s nothing too serious we don’t think, but it still needed doing. He was trying to get right for this game against Sheffield United to give it a test but didn’t quite come through in training, so he and we have had to make a judgement call on that. It’s mainly down to him and he knows what he’s got to do. He’ll have the operation done this week and hopefully it will settle down for a quick recovery.”
Nick Pope who made his England debut in a friendly against Costa Rica in 2018, has been Southgate’s number two keeper behind Jordan Pickford for the majority of the past three years. He started all three of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland in March while Everton keeper Pickford was sidelined with an injury. However, Nick Pope last played for the Clarets in Burnley’s 2-0 win at Fulham on 10 May missing defeats against Leeds United, Liverpool as well as the Clarets’ final-day trip to Bramall Lane.