Burnley completes deal for Lindegaard

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, from Denmark, reacts during their Champions League group C soccer match with Benfica Wednesday, Sept. 14 2011, at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon.

Burnley have completed the signing of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season following injury to first-choice Tom Heaton.

Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder during Burnley’s recent 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and has been ruled out for about four months, meaning he is unlikely to return before the end of the year.

Back-up goalkeeper Nick Pope has impressed as Heaton’s deputy, but the injury left manager Sean Dyche short of options in case of further fitness issues.

Lindegaard, who had been training with the club for a little over a week, joins on a free transfer until the end of the campaign after leaving Preston North End.

“I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line”, Lindegaard told the club’s official website.