BURNLEY had plenty of injuries problems last season which forced boss Sean Dyche to include youngsters on the bench.

Dyche almost now has a full squad to choose from, with just Steven Defour remaining on the sidelines working on getting back to full fitness.

The boss thinks his squad is so competitive that he could change who is in the 18 depending on who the Clarets play.

"We're getting back to fitness, Steven is a longer term situation but is back on the grass, Robbie is hopefully going to be back on the grass in the next week or so, and Charlie was back on the bench.

"The bench will change and at times the team will change as well because I want to keep the players alive, there's a really good group and I've enjoyed what they've done in pre-season, so I want to make sure everyone has a part and everyone is alive and stimulated and ready to play."

Jay Rodriguez, Erik Pieters, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Danny Drinkwater were added to the set-up in the summer transfer window, adding to the competition within the group.

"We have such a competitive group now that I want to keep them all involved," Dyche added.

"I think the bench could change and it would be that you were not on the bench but could go straight into the team.

"There is that much competition now but that means some have to miss out, the idea is that we will get people back on the bench to keep them stimulated and keep them part of the group.

"We only have a smallish group so that is important to keep the mentality right."

The boss now has the choice to choose a bench dependant on who and where they are playing.

"We choose accordingly, away from home, not always but you generally you probably go slightly more defensive and cover.

"At home you often go for more strikers, wide players and more production but we will plan it as we see fit for each game that comes."