Burnley's Jack Errington has been ruled out for the rest of the season with the teenager needing a heart operation.
The 17-year-old defender was found to have an enlarged aorta during routine
heart screening and further tests confirmed he would require surgery.
Errington, a graduate of the famous Wallsend Boys Club, secured his first full-time professional contract in the summer and will return to the north east to undergo the procedure and begin his rehabilitation.
Manager Eddie Howe said: "We wish Jack and his family all the best and will make sure he continues to get the best possible care.
"This shows the value of heart screening for all young footballers and while
it's a blow for Jack in the short term, the good news is that he can still
hopefully have a successful career ahead of him."