Patrick Vieira Ebere Eze has revealed that he will once again be part of the Crystal Palace squad for the trip to Burnley, but that patience is needed with the player.

The former England youth international has successfully completed his first campaign at Selhurst Park and is back in action for the first time since May.

Eze returned to training in October but strengthened his recovery last month by playing two games for Pallas’ Under-23 side and convincing his coach Camo to be ready to take part in the Premier League.

Viera: “Aze will be part of the team that will travel to Burnley.

“Of course he is a good player but he still lacks a lot of talent. We have to remind ourselves that it takes time to get back to where we were because of the injury but it gets there.

“Week after week he is developing confidence. He has played both under-23s, home games, friendlies, and he is feeling better. He is improving but we have to give him time to recover before the injury.

The former KPR striker was one of Pallas’ most impressive players last season, netting four times and providing six assists.

Eze played four left-backs under Roy Hodgson, but Viera, who used a 4-3-3 formation during his time at Selhurst Park, has a different plan for the 23-year-old.

“My responsibility is to find the best role that will allow him to express his talent and I believe this is more in the central area,” added the palace manager.

“I saw him play some games on the left side last season and he did well. You can’t ask him to stay on the left wing, you have to give him that freedom to go in and join.

He’s a type of player who likes to touch the ball, but we tried 3 in 10 on and off the field and he was great. There are two areas that I believe can help the team work.

Eze’s return is timely: James MacArthur will be sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Captain Luca Milivojevich could be called up to Burnley, but Eze is expected to require three places in the middle of the pace at full speed, but the Eagles are now considering losing one of their long-serving players.

“James has a headache and will be out of action for the next two weeks,” said Vieira.

“He is part of the team leaders and brings energy, experience and competitiveness, but we have a team.

“Injury gives someone who has not played much to come and take that opportunity.”