Sean Dyche hinted that Connor Roberts could be handed his Burnley debut against Tottenham in midweek after the Wales international missed the trip to Southampton.
The 26-year-old has yet to feature for the Clarets since arriving from Swansea City on deadline day and having been an unused sub at Man City, dropped out of the squad altogether for the weekend draw with the Saints.
Burnley are keen to manage his recovery from injury and although the full back played twice for Wales this month, he has not completed 90 minutes since June.
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Dyche said in the build up to the Saints game that he wanted Roberts to ideally have a 90 minute run out or two in behind closed doors friendlies before throwing him into top flight football.
But those fixtures and Dyche admitted he is considering using Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie with Spurs as an opportunity to give Roberts his first match minutes.
"Connor has had hardly any football and we will consider him, because we do want to get him playing of course," said the Turf chief after the draw with the Saints.
"Some of the Under 23 football is not always the games we think will get people ready
"He is fit and fit minded. I would prefer him to have games but it might be one where we need to use games, including possibly the Tottenham game, to activate his fitness and get him sharp and a chance to feel what it is to be with us."
Ben Mee also missed the St Mary's clash but the skipper could also return in midweek.
He tested positive for Covid ahead of the defeat to Man City and had had limited training time before Southampton, meaning Dyche made the decision to leave him out.
The Clarets boss added: "Ben has had one day of training in three weeks and I spoke to him and said 'that is not enough'
"I wouldn't do that with any player, including him as our captain.
"He has had two days in total, one with the physios and one with the team, and I think that is a big risk.
"I would like to think we can give him the next few days training and he can be involved on Wednesday."
Burnley's only other injury is Dale Stephens with the midfielder continuing to work his way back to fitness after an ankle operation in the summer.
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