SEAN Dyche admits he is not over-thinking the prospect of being without up to three first team regulars as the Clarets prepare for the visit of Watford tonight.
With Michael Duff suspended following his red card at Huddersfield, as defensive re-shuffle is on the cards as the Clarets return home for the first time in almost a month.
And with injury doubts over top goalscorer Danny Ings and midfielder Dean Marney, changes could also be afoot further up the pitch for one of the smallest squads in the division.
Dyche confirmed: “Danny is a maybe because he got a knock on his ankle and Dean is the doubtful side of maybe.
“That’s probably a judgement call for us, as much as anyone. They are not drastic injuries, but they might need to be ones that are monitored wisely, so we’ll give it another 24 hours and make a decision.
“We have known all season that we have a small group, but it is what it is. I like the group we are working with and there are demands on them, but you have to be careful how much you analyse it.
“I remember there was a big thing at the last World Cup about Premier League players playing a lot of football, but Spain won it and their players played 62 games that season.
“You have to be careful how much you over-think it and I believe in the group we’ve got and how they work.
“It’s helpful at times to have more players, but that can be a hindrance as well if you have too many. It’s just finding that balance.
“Nothing about what we do is thinking ‘oh, woe is us’. We always look at what to do if that happens and how we can manipulate the team and tactically change it on order to be successful.
“We look at what we have got, not what we haven’t.”
The Clarets surrendered their 12-game unbeaten run at Huddersfield at the weekend and lost top spot to Leicester City after eight weeks at the summit.
But with two home games in a week, Dyche is looking for his side to start another unbeaten sequence to remain among the stuttering front-runners.
He said: “To be honest, it’s an interesting one with runs. We are coming off the back of a good one and if you look at the other teams at the top, QPR have two wins in seven, Reading two wins in eight and Nottingham Forest one win in six.
“It’s still hard for the clubs with strong squads and big resources, all having their challenges.
“That’s because it’s a very difficult league and that’s why we have been very pleased with how we are going and we are thirsty for more wins and better performances to move forward.
“We have just had three tough away games, which is a tough ask at any level of football, certainly the Championship.
“So we are looking forward to being back at Turf Moor because we’ve enjoyed it here this season and I’m sure the fans have too.
“We are in positive mood and we’re here, having only lost two games in 25 including pre-season, so there’s a lot of good signs and people have to remember that.
“But one step at a time, and that starts tonight against Watford.”
Clarets Player has live commentary of tonight’s game from 7.35pm, with Ross Wallace joining Phil Bird in the commentary box.
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