The risk that Burnley took in the January transfer window stands to be exposed already, with Dean Marney ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
The Clarets opted not to bring in a central-midfielder last month, despite an obvious lack of cover, and it is gamble which has not paid off.
Marney has suffered a cruciate ligament injury, which means that Dave Jones is the only recognised central midfielder in the squad.
Although Scott Arfield, George Boyd and Ross Wallace all have the capacity to play in the centre of the pitch, it is not their strongest role and Burnley's chances of survival look to be in huge jeopardy because of their failure to spend when they had the chance.
Burnley can no longer bring in any players on a permanent transfer or on loan, but they may have one potential solution available to them.
Jack Collison has not played since being released from West Ham United last year, with further fitness struggles preventing him from earning an extension to a short-term deal at Ipswich Town, but he may be the only viable option for Sean Dyche.
Burnley are able to sign free agents and Collison looks to be the best available, should they choose to go down that route.
Although he is unlikely to be match-sharp, the Wales international has shown himself to be a capable Premier League performer before and if Dyche can get him back to his best, he may be able to cover what looks like a massive void in the squad.