Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is among the Burnley players who have been left out of their Premier League fixture at Manchester City as they approach the end of their contracts.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche named only seven substitutes for the Monday night game, travelling to the Etihad with a slimmed down squad.
Hendrick, who has been linked with a move to Serie A side AC Milan, will see his Burnley contract expire on 30 June.
"You've probably seen our squad for this evening. We've got some things going on which are hard to put together at the moment with contracts and stuff like that. So we're a bit skinny on numbers," Dyche told Sky Sports as he addressed the contract situation at the club ahead of the match.
"It's a strange situation with contracts. The chairman, I’ve advised what we should do and there’s been a long delay in getting things done, so the players therefore who haven’t been offered things have made a decision to not finish their contracts, even if it's just for the next 10 days."
When asked whether Hendrick and other Burnley players including Phil Bardsley, Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon, whose deals are expiring at the end of June, will not play for Burnley again, Dyche replied: "Well, not at this moment obviously. We'll see."
The Burnley manager added that, "all of them I would have kept, certainly in the short-term, but obviously I don't sort the contracts out."
Hendrick has been with the Clarets since August 2016 after signing from Derby County following that summer's European Championship.