The 29-year-old was assaulted in a Manchester nightclub in September resulting in being sidelined having broken an ankle in the incident.
Dyche has shared his thoughts on Drinkwater's torrid time of late.
"We weren't thinking it was going to transpire as it has done," he said. "That leaves it in a different place than it could have been if he'd been fit and well."
Dyche continued: "They are human beings and have private lives which are sometimes not private. Sometimes people get in scrapes. He's old enough and wise enough to know not to get in scrapes but sometimes it happens.
"The other thing, and we've been big on that during our time here, you can't just talk about development when it's good news. You also to have work with players when it's not quite so good.
"It's been more of that sort of situation. I've had a chat with him about what happened, the situation that led to it. Now it's a case of where we go from here. That's where we're at."