Dean Marney will miss the rest of the season following confirmation that he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage to his right knee at Arsenal last Sunday.
It is the second time the long-serving Clarets’ midfielder has sustained that type of injury and he was due to see a specialist today for a further assessment.
“It is a blow for him and it’s a blow for us, because he has been playing and doing very well,” said manager Sean Dyche.
“He has been an important part, not just this season, but of what we have achieved here over a number of seasons, with his experience within our group and his general experience in the game.
“You don’t want to lose any player, but certainly not at the experienced end of your market.”
Marney suffered a similar injury in February, 2015 in the Burnley’s last season in the Premier League before returning nine months later to help Dyche’s side bounce straight back from the Championship.
“It’s disappointing,” added the Burnley boss. “It’s the unfortunate side of being a player.
“Sometimes these things happen but he’s a tough-minded man and he knows he’s got the full support of everything here.
“The only good thing is he has been through it before, so he understands the rehabilitation, how long it takes and the different markers along the journey back.”
Marney, 32, has played 221 games for the Clarets since signing from Hull City in May, 2010 and has since shared in two promotion successes - as well as helping the Clarets look to establish themselves in the Premier League this season - as one of Burnley’s most influential players.
Everyone at Burnley FC wishes Dean well for a speedy and successful recovery.