Lafferty is laid low by appendix operation
Kyle Lafferty's turbulent season has come to a sudden halt after he was forced to undergo an emergency appendix operation.
The Northern Ireland hitman complained of feeling unwell at the conclusion of Burnley's match against Sheffield United on Saturday.
But the talented 20-year-old wasn't admitted to hospital until the following evening.
Burnley boss Owen Coyle said last night: "Kyle was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis which it was.
"He has had to have it removed, so his season is over as he'll be out for five weeks."
Lafferty, resting in hospital last night, admitted "to being very sore" .
Having his appendix taken out, is the latest twist in a dramatic year for Lafferty.
After starring for Northern Ireland in the European qualifiers, he was heavily linked with the two Old Firm giants.
However Lafferty's club form with Burnley suffered and a red card against Arsenal in the FA Cup did not help matters.
But in recent weeks he has become a rejuvenated player due to "going back to basics".
And after impressing Rangers scouts in recent weeks, Saturday's match against the Blades may have been Lafferty's final game in a Burnley shirt.
The Gers are expected to submit a bid in the summer.