Sean Dyche insists he will take into account a gruelling week of travel when selecting his side to faced Middlesbrough this weekend.
The Clarets will travel over 1,000 miles on three journeys next week, starting with Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie at The Riverside.
Burnley then turn their focus back to the Championship for back-to-back away games at MK Dons on Tuesday and Brentford on Friday.
And Dyche, who could be without injured duo Michael Duff and Dean Marney for the cup tie, admits he is contemplating changes.
The gaffer said: “We have a week where we play on the Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. I’m not one, as everyone knows, to worry about playing too many games back-to-back, but there comes a time when even I have to look at that.
“There is a lot of travelling and it does crunch down the rest periods in-between games, so we have to choose a team that we think can win, but also one according to the challenge of playing three games in a short space of time.
“I’d imagine Middlesbrough will be thinking the same, and that’s a common sense view, so there is a fair chance we’ll be making changes, although there might be a couple of situations that are out of my control.
“Michael (Duff) has a minor thigh injury that we don’t think is anything serious, so he’s touch and go and Dean (Marney), I don’t think, will be around us this weekend.
“He’s another minor one, but we have to be careful with him after such a long time out.
“Other than that, we are reasonably happy with the squad and I just have to consider these three games and the travel involved.
“That said, we will still put out a team that we believe, 100%, can win a football match because that’s a massive part of what we do here.”
Dyche admits the Championship remains his top priority this season. But the Burnley boss, who scored in an FA Cup semi-final for Chesterfield in 1997 – ironically against Middlesbrough – also insists he is looking for a victory in the North East.
Dyche after scoring in the 1997 FA Cup semi final v Middlesbrough
“In my personal life the FA Cup has been a big part of it, many moons ago,” he said. “It’s been a big thing for Burnley Football Club too in the past, although it’s slightly changed down the years.
“That’s not doing the FA Cup down because there’s a lot made of that. But the fact is we are in a division that can arguably lead to the most powerful league in world football, on and off the pitch.
That’s the immediate concern and challenge, but when the FA Cup comes around, that doesn’t mean you don’t take it seriously.
“Mangers and players want to win every game they can; it’s just that in balance, when you view the Championship and what that means to clubs, it is what it is.
“There’s a high demand, both as a business model and for the fans and the grandeur of getting in the Premier League.
“That’s the main concern for most, if not all Championship clubs.
“But the cup is still a fantastic challenge and we accept that challenge and look forward to it.”
Dyche, whose side lost 1-0 at Boro just three weeks ago in the league, added: “Fair play to Aitor (Karanka).
“He has done a great job up there for three years. They have built a team; they haven’t rushed it and stood by his thinking, and rightly so.
“He’s spent a lot of money, but I must make it clear we all want to do that. He’s spent it wisely and massive credit to their chairman, who continually backs the club.
“There is a lot good things going on there, no doubt about it, but they know that we give teams a tough game and have great belief in what we are doing, so we’ll be ready to take them on.”
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