Heaton back in contention

Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton
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Clarets skipper Tom Heaton is back in contention for a place in the squad ahead of Burnley’s trip to Watford on Saturday.

Heaton has been out since September, having suffered a dislocated shoulder against Spurs.

He has played 90 minutes on four occasions after returning to fitness, but boss Sean Dyche erred on the side of caution going into the 2-1 win at West Brom last Saturday.

Dyche said: “I probably go the other way a little bit, I’m a little bit cautious with injuries.

”The aim is to come back once, be a little bit careful and cautious, and make sure.

“I’ve always had that ‘one more week’ thinking.”

That extra week has done the trick for Dyche, and he said on Heaton’s availability: “It’s just getting him back to being totally fit.

”He’s in the realms of thought now. He’s looking well.”

However, Ben Mee and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are doubts: “Ben Mee’s got a knock. Scott Arfield not quite ready. Jon Walters not quite ready. Ben’s the one we’ll wait and see with.

”Johann is touch and go but we’ll probably hedge on the side of caution.”