DAVID Templeton will miss the remainder of the season after having an operation on his damaged knee.
Nigel Clough is now looking for the winger to recover in time to be ready when the squad reports back for pre-season at the start of July.
The Brewers manager said: “He has had a minor procedure on his knee and they found something that had come loose from an earlier problem but that has all been sorted now. That rules him out for the season, but we hope he will all be sorted and ready to go for pre-season.
“It will be a bigger blow if he’s not ready for the start of next season. The front three are doing well at the moment so we aren’t really missing him as much as we could have done.
“But we know he can get goals and he can make goals. We have seen his potential to win matches. We are pleased with him and we just want him fit and up and running for the start of next season.”
Jake Buxton is the biggest injury doubt for the Easter weekend after the Brewers skipper missed the victory at Scunthorpe with a calf strain.
Clough said: “Jake is still a doubt, but we aren’t going to rule him out until the day of the game. But with only four games to go then it’s not such a big risk and we will do what we can to get him out there. Jake is desperate to play but if he can’t we have options.”
The rest of the squad are all in shape for the Easter double header at home to Portsmouth tomorrow and away at Southend on Monday.
Clough said: “It wasn’t a particularly physical game at Scunthorpe, no tackles flying in, so everybody came through. We are monitoring Scott Fraser’s calf as always through training this week and Stephen Quinn has missed one day of training with his groin but these are just little niggles, nothing major.”