A long-term injury saw Burnley’s Steven Defour spend the majority of 2018 on the sidelines and also forced him to miss out on a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.

After his last appearance in January, the 30-year-old returned to the pitch for the first time in September and has been a regular inclusion in his side’s midfield since the last international break in October.

Sean Dyche started him in the Clarets’ goalless draw against Leicester City on Saturday and, according to Het Nieuwsblad, the midfielder suffered a knee injury against the Foxes.

Jeff Hendrick replaced the Belgian in the 55th minute and the newspaper claims Defour was taken off because of the ‘load to the left knee’.

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The report further goes on to mention that ‘little is known’ on the severity of the latest setback and it is still not clear how long Defour will be out of action.

He has already announced his retirement from international football in the summer and Burnley will be hopeful the ongoing international break will help him recover on time for the next league tie against Newcastle United.