Burnley’s Steven Defour was struggling with a knee injury at the start of 2018 and the midfielder was forced to undergo surgery.

This kept the 30-year-old out of action for the second part of the last season and he also failed to make it to the World Cup with Belgium.

After recovering from the injury, the former Porto man returned to action in September and went on to make nine starts in all competitions, including six starts in the league this term.

Defour last made an appearance for the Clarets in his side’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester City and has been sidelined since then with a calf problem.

According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the issue with the calf continues to bother the player and due to the injury problem, Sean Dyche’s side have sent him to visit a specialist for a ‘second opinion’.

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The report from HLN does not provide any update as to how long Defour will be out of action or what was found by the specialist.