BURNLEY captain Tom Heaton played his first game since suffering a dislocated shoulder in September, coming through the full 90 minutes of the Clarets' 1-1 draw with Blackpool behind closed doors.

It was initially a tough return for the goalkeeper, as he conceded a penalty just 60 seconds into his comeback game.

But both he and Burnley recovered to earn a late leveller.

There was good news also for striker Chris Wood, who has not featured for the Clarets this calendar year because of a knee injury but came through 70 minutes, while midfielder Dean Marney also completed the game after a lengthy spell out with a knee injury.

As the injury crisis shows signs of easing for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, there were run-outs too for Stephen Ward, Nahki Wells and January signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who are all looking to enhance the manager's options for the visit of Southampton on Saturday.

Heaton got off to a false start in giving away the early spot kick, fouling as he missed the ball when Blackpool advanced into the box. And he was unable to deny Jay Spearing from 12 yards.

But the England stopper recovered to deal with crosses, kicked confidently and was vocal throughout.

Marney went the closest to equalising before half-time but hooked a volley against the post.

The midfielder had a chance in a second half that Burnley dominated, along with fit-again Wood, but both were blocked.

Parity was restored as the clock ticked down through an unnamed midfield trialist bending the ball home from 18 yards.

Burnley: Heaton, Clarke, O’Neill, Younger, Ward, McNeil, Trialist, Marney, Nkoudou, Wood (Bayode 70), Wells.