Burnley ready for Europa League clash against Aberdeen

Excitement is building ahead of Burnley's first game in European competition since the 1966/67 season.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 3:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 3:17 pm
Burnley keeper Nick Pope

The Clarets face Aberdeen at Pittodrie tonight in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: "Certainly from our fans, you will see plenty of them here, and there is a real feeling about the town.

"Because the strides have been considerable in the last number of years.

Burnley keeper Nick Pope

"So to get here is a different thing to some other clubs maybe. We look at it as a real badge of honour playing in this competition."

Dyche revealed he had travelled without goalkeeper Tom Heaton (calf), Ashley Barnes (blisters) and Steven Defour (calf), while Robbie Brady will not feature as he fights back from a long-term knee injury.

But striker Chris Wood shook off a hip problem to make the journey north and goalkeeper Nick Pope is in contention to start after returning from World Cup duty with England.