Burnley boss Sean Dyche does not believe James Tarkowski has been exaggerating a toe injury which has prevented him from playing so far this season.
The defender has been the subject of transfer interest from Leicester City and West Ham, with both clubs having had bids rejected, and it now seems as though the 27-year-old will remain a Burnley player this summer.
The centre back has missed the opening four competitive fixtures with a toe problem that prompted some to suggest he was not featuring while holding out for a move.
Tarkowski returned to training this week and could yet feature in the Carabao Cup tie against Man City on Wednesday night.
Dyche confirmed after the weekend defeat to Southampton that the England international had had a scan on the problem and, speaking ahead of the cup clash with Man City, expanded on the suggestion that Tarkowski was exaggerating an injury given the transfer speculation surrounding his future.
"I trust my players, I definitely trust him, and he's had a sore toe, and that's the way it goes," said Dyche.
"He's a big fella and if he's got that weight pressing through a toe that's sore and injured, I'm more than happy to trust him with that opinion.
"He was out there today, we'll wait and see if it reacts tomorrow, before we make a decision, but I trust all my players, no player wants to be injured, I'm sure of that."
Dyche has been steadfast in his opinion that he did not want to see Tarkowski sold this summer and Burnley have priced the former Brentford man, who has two years remaining on his contract, out of a move.
The Turf chief once again reiterated that stance and said any bids would need to meet the required valuation for the Clarets to consider a sale.
He added: "Any bids will go in to the chairman and the board, I obviously have a view, he's a very good player, we know that.
"He's a player I definitely want to be here, I've made that quite clear to the powers that be at this club, but on the other hand, there is a reality to every situation.
"Every player around the globe, there will be a reality where clubs make a decision.
"That will be something for the chairman and the board to decide, if, a bid came in that was appropriate or considered appropriate.
"That would be down to them inevitably, but there's nothing other in my thoughts other than he'll be here."