SEAN Dyche will put most of his first team stars through 90 minutes today as preparations for Burnley's Europa League opener with Aberdeen step up a notch.

The Clarets qualification for Europe has put a different spin on pre-season this summer, with the second qualifying round first leg taking place at Pittodrie on Thursday, July 26.

While the players returned to pre-season training a few day earlier than planned as a result, it is in the schedule of friendlies that the major change has taken place.

Dyche's side began their games programme with a 1-0 win at Cork City on Friday night when most of the squad came through 45 minutes, but a training ground double header against League One outfits Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool today will see many of them complete a first 90 minutes.

Asked if the European tie had changed pre-season plans, Dyche said: "Not radical change. We’re condensing the games programme a bit so there’s not so much time between the games, which is different, because games are needed as well. Running and work with the ball will get you fit but it won’t get you match fit, we know that.

"We’ve crunched the games programme together a little bit and we’ve added in a double game at the training ground which we normally wouldn’t do at this early stage.

"Other than that it’s just a different challenge. Everyone outside of Burnley might be questioning the extra games, but for everyone in Burnley it’s fantastic, what an achievement so let’s take it on."

Burnley will play a double game again on Friday night, at Curzon Ashton and Macclesfield Town, with those likely to feature against Aberdeen needing to get match fitness into their legs as quickly as possible.

The behind-closed-doors games at the Barnfield Training Centre were introduced as a result of Europa League qualification. With those games and Friday's games taking place simultaneously almost all of Dyche's squad will be put through two full games this week.

"The games at the training ground are important," Dyche said. "We’ve got two training ground games which means they will virtually all play 90 minutes.

"The Friday will be very similar with the two games, so that’s the change, adding those two games in and getting four 90s into the players early."