TEENAGE midfielder Mace Goodridge will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury.

The 19-year-old sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training and will now require surgery.

Goodridge joined the Clarets from Newcastle United this summer - having had a spell on trial towards the end of last season - and he has impressed in his time with the club.

Academy manager Jonathan Pepper is disappointed to see the midfielder's campaign cut short but he believes Goodridge will benefit from using the likes of Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes - who have both battled back from major knee injuries - as inspiration.

“He’s been doing really well for us and it’s unfortunate that he’s going to be out for quite a while now,” said Pepper.

“But he will be well looked after, and he is aware of senior players at the club, like Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes, who have had similar injuries and come back fit and strong to keep progressing in their careers.

“He’s made a really positive impression so far and we look forward to having him back and ready to go again in pre-season.”

Goodridge began his career at Manchester City and after his move to Turf Moor he featured in the first team in pre-season and has since been a regular for the Under-23s in the Professional Development League.

But there is better news on Christian N’Guessan, with the 20-year-old expected to be back in January after undergoing ankle surgery.

The Under-23s made it four league games unbeaten with a 4-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.

Striker Dan Agyei fired the Clarets ahead at Wednesday's Middlewood Road training ground, intercepting Joe Wildsmith's goal-kick and finding the bottom corner.

Jack Stobbs equalised for the Owls but Agyei restored the lead within a minute, latching on to a long ball and nudging home past Wildsmith.

It was three early in the second half when Dwight McNeil's fine cross was buried by Tinashe Chakwana.

The Clarets, who went fourth with the win, were rampant now and Olatunde Bayode found time and space from just outside the box to rifle a shot into the bottom corner.

Wednesday grabbed a consolation when Fraser Preston headed beyond Adam Legzdins late on.