Charlie Austin may have played his last game for Burnley.
The star striker is in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix after he fell ill.
Austin is not expected to be back before the end of the season, meaning the Clarets will have to go into their last three matches without him.
With only a year left on his contract, Burnley fans might have seen the last of Austin with a summer transfer appearing likely.
The former Swindon Town man famously topped European goalscoring charts earlier in the season thanks to his exploits in front of goal, with hat-tricks at home to Peterborough United and Sheffield Wednesday under Eddie Howe.
Although his goal return has been less impressive under Sean Dyche, he still boasts 28 goals from his 40 appearances this season.
Austin’s 41 goals in 82 league games for Burnley mark him out as one of the Club’s finest goalscorers in the modern era.
In a brief statement on the official site posted ahead of last night’s match at Elland Road, the Club said Austin “complained of feeling unwell during training on Monday. After being diagnosed with appendicitis, Austin had an operation on Tuesday morning that is likely to rule him out for the remaining four games of the Championship season.”
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