Sean Dyche admits the performances of his Burney side this season had made it tough for Patrick Bamford to make an impact at Turf Moor.
But Bamford leaves the Clarets with the best wishes of the manager as the striker looks likely to continue his career with Premier League rivals Middlesbrough.
Bamford joined Burnley on a season-long loan in August, with the option of a re-call by parent club Chelsea during the January transfer window.
And the Premier League leaders have activated that cause with Bamford now reportedly due to undergo a medical at Boro to bring to an end a four-year spell as a Chelsea player.
“It’s the life of loans. They have the right to take the player back in this window,” said Dyche, whose side is now 10th in the Premier League following an eighth home win of the season against Southampton last Saturday.
“It’s a contractual situation. They have decided to take him back and, it looks like, to go elsewhere. That’s just the way it is.
“He had worked hard here and tried to be part of us.
“He hadn’t really got too many chances, but to be honest the team has been pretty strong and performances have been good.
“It’s not necessarily because of him, it’s because of the team doing so well.
“We wish Patrick well.”
Bamford, 23, didn’t start a game for Burnley, with his six Premier League appearances for the Clarets coming via the bench with his last at Manchester City on 2 January.
Dyche is now preparing for Tuesday night’s FA Cup, third-round replay against Sunderland at Turf Moor and is also expecting to be without widemen Scott Arfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
The duo both missed the win over Southampton after suffering hamstring injuries in the first meeting with the Black Cats, which ended goalless at the Stadium of Light nine days ago.
“They have got a chance for Sunday (at Arsenal) but I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be too early,” Dyche added.
“It’s a maybe but we wouldn’t risk them because we can’t afford to keep losing players and we were unfortunate with those two in one game.”