The Clarets’ youths return to league action for the first time in seven weeks when they go to league leaders Bolton on Saturday.
Danny Cadamarteri’s side has won its last three league games in the U18 Professional Development League, but hasn’t played in the competition since a 2-1 victory over Leeds United on 25 November.
Burnley then knocked Leeds out of the FA Youth Cup two days later before suffering the same fate themselves when they lost a fourth-round tie to Plymouth Argyle last Friday night.
The league therefore takes centre stage again and the Clarets could go top of the northern group if they can end Bolton’s five-match unbeaten league run and avenge a 1-0 home defeat in October.
Bolton - coached by former Trotters midfielder Nicky Spponer - have lost just once since then in the league but also went out of the Youth Cup with a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in round three.
Victory for Cadamarteri’s youngsters at the Eddie Davis Football Academy (kick-off 11am) would take them to the top of the table if Huddersfield and Birminngham both fail to win.