Tom Anderson was due to undergo surgery today (Tuesday) to repair a broken cheekbone he sustained playing for Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.
The Clarets’ defender, who is on loan with the League One club, is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks.
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson said: “He is a tough boy and he will get on with it, that’s just how he is.
"He has gone back to Burnley for the operation as they will get the operation through quicker and we will keep in contact with him throughout."
Anderson was injured in a collision with Doncaster goalkeeper Marko Marosi during Rovers’ South Yorkshire derby at Rotherham United, which the home side won 2-1 with two stoppage-time goals.
Anderson was starting his fifth league game for Doncaster where he is on loan until the end of the season.
The centre-back, 24, had doubled his career goals’ tally with two goals in Doncaster’s 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town the weekend before.