Sean Dyche hopes the delayed return of Steven Defour will pay off when Burnley host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Defour has been a key presence in Burnley's midfield but missed last week's draw with Manchester United to recover from a hamstring injury.
"A player's urge is to play, particularly in games like that," said Dyche.
"We had to make a judgement call with the medical team here and we decided it wasn't the right thing to do."
The gaffer previews Saturday's big @premierleague clash with @CPFC .— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) November 4, 2016
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Alan Pardew has hailed the work of Dyche.
"He has done a super job at Burnley, two promotions at that football club tells its own story and he is a young manager who has done it the right way," the Palace manager told cpfc.co.uk.
Alan Pardew discusses #CPFC's recent results ahead of the trip to Burnley.— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 4, 2016
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