Danny Drinkwater is in line for a Burnley debut in the Carabao Cup next week.
The on-loan midfield man won’t be part of the Clarets’ squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Wolves as he builds up his fitness.
But after a 45-minute run-out as an over-age player for the Under-23s on Monday and a full training-ground game in mid-week, he will come into manager Sean Dyche’s thinking for Wednesday’s second-round cup tie against Sunderland at Turf Moor.
“Danny has taken another big step towards real fitness by getting 90 minutes under his belt,” said the Burnley boss.
“We’ll certainly be looking for some kind of figuring for him in the cup game, but it’s a bit quick for him on Sunday.
“He’s kind at the end of his personal pre-season. Although he’s fit and well, he hadn’t played much football this pre-season at Chelsea.
“We explained he needed the minutes to get back up to speed and he’s bought into that and been training really well.”
Robbie Brady also misses out on Sunday’s trip to Molineux but is back in full training following the rib injury that has delayed his start to the season.
And the Clarets have no fresh injury concerns for the game at Wolves.