Sean Dyche has confirmed Stephen Ward will be out of action for at least six weeks with an ankle injury.
The Republic of Ireland international was stretchered off the pitch during the last home fixture against Newcastle United and it has been revealed this week that he will be unavailable until after the New Year.
Meanwhile, Burnley will also be without Matt Taylor, Michael Duff and Sam Vokes for Saturday’s visit of Southampton with the trio all continuing their respective recoveries from injuries.
Dyche said: “Stephen Ward has had a couple of pins put in his ankle bone, but it sounds worse than it is.
“It’s a straightforward procedure with this type of injury and it makes it even stronger for the future.
“It’s going to be weeks rather than months, but I would imagine it will certainly be six and above.
“Matt Taylor is on track and coming out of his injury, but still weeks away.
“Michael Duff is getting better and closer. He was out on the grass today, but this weekend will probably come a bit too quick for him.”
The Burnley manager has also once again reiterated that Vokes will not be rushed back into action after the striker had completed his first 90 minutes since March in Tuesday’s Development Squad fixture against Wigan
Dyche added: “Sam is feeling better physically and mentally. It’s a big marker for players to get their first 90 minutes.
“It feels like pre-season for him at the minute. You come back from close season, get back into your games and the big marker is when you get the first 90 minutes under your belt and how you feel.
“It’s as important as how you play. And for Sam at the minute, it really is the mentality of playing for 90 minutes and then we take it forward from there.”