The Clarets boss admitted that the transfer window wasn't kind to the Turf Moor club, but he thinks his injured players can help negate those summer failures.
"The window was tough, simple as that, we were hoping to bring in more bodies to affect it, freshen it, but behind that, there's a group of players who should be thinking 'good, I've got a better chance of playing'," he said.
"So there's a balance. I'm not going to hide behind that, it is a fact we were in for about three more players and didn't get them, same as it's a fact with Steven and Robbie, who have been terrific for us last season, so we want them to come back fit and that gives us more options and more guile, more effectiveness hopefully in attack.
"But that is good fuel for a player playing now, if they're coming back soon, they've got to play."