Burnley edges closer to Europa League qualification

Claude Puel confirmed that Vicente Iborra is sidelined for the rest of the season

Depending on results in the FA Cup, a seventh-place finish could turn out to be a qualifying place for next season's Europa League.

Jamie Vardy pulled one back to set up a nervy final 20 minutes but Burnley held on to secure five straight top-flight wins for the first time in 50 years, while a return to European competition - they haven't played at that level since 1966-67 - remains a genuine possibility. Burnley started the English Premier League as one of the favorites for relegation and will likely finish it with a place in the Europa League.

Having only made it into the Burnley team due to Tom Heaton's shoulder injury earlier this season, Pope has held onto his position even with the club captain back fit, and his performances earned him a maiden global call-up for recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, where he was an unused sub.

The Foxes are eighth in the table and trail Burnley, who sit seventh, by six points ahead of the clash between the two teams at Turf Moor.

"In five and a half years there has been a lot of work done here. He is a good player and he has the confidence of all his team mates", Puel said. "Now it's open-minded and see how far we can go".

The Spaniard suffered the injury during Leicester's 2-1 defeat by Newcastle
The Spaniard suffered the injury during Leicester's 2-1 defeat by Newcastle

Burnley could not have made a better start to such an important game, going two up inside nine minutes through former Leicester striker Chris Wood and defender Kevin Long.

"We've improved a lot since I've come in, and we play with a collective performance, we've shown a lot of quality in games".

"I think maybe the player deserved another colour of card, but I hope we can have Kasper for the next game", he said.

England manager Gareth Southgate was among the crowd and would again have been impressed by Pope, who saved from Vardy in the 62nd minute as Leicester created their first real opening of the second half and proved a safe pair of hands all afternoon. "It was close but after the two goals it was surprising", he added.

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