Vokes set for shoulder operation

Player of the year: Sam Vokes

Player of the year: Sam Vokes

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Clarets’ player of the year Sam Vokes is to undergo further surgery over the summer.

The 21-goal striker had an operation last month after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

But the 24-year-old will now have work done on his shoulder, after dislocating it in November.

The Wales international hurt his shoulder in the 2-2 draw at Millwall, in which he scored Burnley’s first goal after going 2-0 down.

After initially looking in some distress at The Den, physio Ally Beattie put his shoulder back in its socket, and he was able to resume, and continue playing until suffering his knee injury at the end of March at home to champions Leicester City.

Vokes is currently on crutches after receiving the all-clear from a surgeon following his knee operation, but he has to wait until he doesn’t require crutches to have the operation on his shoulder, to repair what is just minor tissue damage.

He is likely to get it done by the end of May, when his six to eight-week recovery period will run concurrently with his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle is the latest player to be linked with a move to Turf Moor, a year after Ian Holloway paid an initial £4.5million to Peterborough United for his services.

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