SEAN Dyche accepts at least one of his England goalkeepers will eventually be unhappy in the battle for the gloves at Turf Moor.

But Dyche insists that's a scenario that isn't imminent, with Tom Heaton only recently back from a calf injury and Nick Pope sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.

That has given Joe Hart first chance to impress, keeping successive clean sheets against Istanbul Basaksehir and Southampton, but Dyche said the 75-cap England international didn't expect to walk into the side and knows he has a fight on his hands to stay there.

Anders Lindegaard and Adam Legzdins are also waiting in the wings, and asked how he will keep his goalkeepers happy, Dyche said: "It’s easier at the moment, because common sense applies, injuries, fitness, game ready.

"In the longer term we’ll see. In the long run there’ll be someone who won’t be as happy, quite obviously. But we’re not there yet, we’ll sort that out when we come to it.

"Those are the challenges you want as a manager, you want that level of competition where someone can’t play and some form of disappointment occurs because they’re not playing every week."

Hart looks rejuvenated following his £4million man from Manchester City earlier this month.

Dyche added: "He’s in a situation where he just wants to get back to playing with the freedom to play and we offer that here, partly because of the way we work and partly because we’re not as big a story as some other clubs.

He can come in with a freedom to work and train and there’s a competitive element. He knows Tom, he knows Popey had a great season.

"He hasn’t come in thinking this is a gimme, when I spoke to him he didn’t think he was going to play every minute of every game just because of who I am. "He’s more than up for the challenge."

Dyche admitted Heaton had been unfortune with the timing, suffering the calf injury when he was expected to start the Europa League campaign against Aberdeen.

"Tom’s been really unfortunate with the timing. Popey got injured then he wasn’t available for the Europa games, then it’s three weeks to recover, then it’s five days training in three weeks and only the 45 minutes at Preston," he said of his club captain.

"In the meantime Joe has come in and played, that’s nothing to do with ability, that’s just planning, if you’ve got a goalkeeper who has played and one who hasn’t, then it stands to reason when the margins are tight the one who has been playing regular is in front of the curve, he’s game ready."