Sean Dyche has revealed Stephen Ward will see a specialist to determine the full extent of the injury he sustained in Tuesday’s draw with Newcastle United.
The Irish international had to be stretchered off the pitch midway through the second half against the Magpies with an ankle problem picked up in a challenge.
And the Burnley manager has this afternoon confirmed Ward is definitely out of contention for Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers – along with fellow defender Michael Duff, who continues his recovery from a minor calf injury and long-term absentee Matt Taylor.
Dyche said: “Stephen Ward is not as good as we’d hope. We thought it might just be soft tissue, but it’s a bit more than that.
“We think it’s a bone injury and we’ll know more when we investigate it further.
“He will see a specialist tomorrow and we’ll then have more clarity to the news.”
Dyche added: “Michael (Duff) has had a niggle again. It’s nothing major, but it has to be right, so I don’t think he is going to make the weekend.
“Matt Taylor is only on his way back, but he’s going well. He’s moving things forward nicely and although he is not ready by any means yet, he is beginning to move his training forward.”
Meanwhile, the Clarets boss has also had positive news to report on striker Sam Vokes.
The Welshman scored a brace in Wednesday’s Development Squad fixture against Sheffield United and although he will not be involved at Loftus Road, where he netted twice in a thrilling contest last season, he is getting ever closer to a return to first-team action.
Dyche added: “I’ve said all along that Sam needs to get fit and well both physically and mentally. He’s certainly looking that at the moment and there’s more to come.
“He’s enjoying his journey back to full fitness and he’s on the right pathway, that’s for sure.
“He’s getting sharper and fitter and he’s been training with us all the time for a number of weeks now.
“To be honest, his recovery has been aligned with the specialist, physios, sports scientists and himself as well.
“He’s feeling he’s in a good place at the minute and where he is beginning to get closer.”