Teenage midfielder Mace Goodridge will miss the rest of the season after suffering a long-term knee injury.
Goodridge, who has impressed since the joining the Clarets on a permanent basis in the summer, sustained damage to an anterior cruciate ligament in training and will require surgery.
“He’s been doing really well for us and it’s unfortunate that he’s going to be out for quite a while now,” said Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper.
“But he will be well looked after, and he is aware of senior players at the club, like Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes, who have had similar injuries and come back fit and strong to keep progressing in their careers.
“He’s made a really positive impression so far and we look forward to having him back and ready to go again in pre-season.”
Goodridge, 19, joined the Clarets after leaving Newcastle United and earned a contract after figuring as a trialist for the Under-23s a number of times towards the end of last season.
The central midfielder, who started out at Manchester City, has since been a regular for Burnley in the Professional Development League and also featured at first-team level during pre-season.
Meanwhile, midfield colleague Christian N’Guessan (above) is expected to be back in action in January after under-going ankle surgery.
The 20-year-old was injured in the Under-23s’ win over Bolton in mid-September and is currently under-going a programme of rehabilitation.
“He’s another one who has been progressing well and we look forward to having him back at the start of next year,” added Pepper, who has overseen an unbeaten four-match run for the Clarets in the U23 PDL, with Monday’s 4-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday lifting them up to fourth place in the northern section.