Joey Barton's Football Association hearing into betting charges has been postponed.
The 34-year-old Burnley midfielder was due to appear before an FA commission on Wednesday, having accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.
It is possible a lengthy ban could ensue - though no direct precedent exists - and the Clarets were prepared for the fact that he could have played his final match for the club with his contract up at the end of the season.
But Press Association Sport understands the hearing was not able to take place as planned and, with no new date yet set, Barton is free to play in Sunday's Premier League match at Liverpool.
Joey Barton has earned a glowing commendation from Burnley boss Sean Dyche ahead of what could be his final game for the club.
Barton was a key part of the Clarets' Championship-winning campaign last season and, after a brief and tempestuous spell at Rangers, returned in January to restate his Premier League credentials.
The 34-year-old midfielder has since made 10 appearances, scoring the winning goal against Southampton and putting in a superb shift in the surprise draw with Chelsea.
But Saturday's game against Swansea could be the end of the road, with a Football Association hearing into betting offences due to take place next week.
Barton has accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period and could face a lengthy ban, scuppering his hopes of staying at Turf Moor beyond the summer.
The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player was charged before re-signing with Burnley but Dyche had no qualms about inviting him back, first to train and then as a first-teamer.
"I don't think he had to prove his worth, he had nothing to prove to me," said the manager.
"He might have had something to prove to himself and that is that he can still do it, but he had nothing to prove to me. I've seen what he can and what he's about. I make it clear, under my world at Burnley he's been top drawer.
"I can't talk about other people and other clubs he's dealt with but around here he's been absolutely top drawer.
"As a man, as a player, around the group and his performance, he's been top drawer."
Dyche is phlegmatic about the prospect of Barton being banned, a possibility the club made contractual provisions for and one the manager has not investigated too deeply.
"It was something to do with himself and the FA, so we'll have to wait and see what happens with that," he offered.
"That's for him and his team to take on with the FA and see how it comes out. I don't fear anything, because I don't know what's going to happen.
"As much as we get on really well I don't sit him down and go 'what do you want to do? He's his own man. He'll make his own way."
Liverpool head to Turf Moor to take on Burnley this weekend.
The Reds enter the game having agreed a deal to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for 32 million pounds.
Burnley have been splashing the cash too - but their club record capture of Steven Defour for 7.5 million really emphasises the gulf between them and some of their Premier League rivals.
Chris Hall looks ahead to the game.
101 days have passed since Burnley secured their return to the Premier League.
This weekend they'll kick off the new campaign at home to Swansea.
It's the club's third spell in the top flight in the last seven years, the previous two ended in relegation after just one season.
So no prizes for guessing what the target is this time.
David Chisnall reports
A mural of Burnley FC boss Sean Dyche has appeared as a feature piece on the gable end of a house in the town.
The masterpiece was produced to mark the club’s Championship triumph and return to the Premier League by artist Paul Jones.
It took him six hours to spray paint the image which features the club’s claret and blue colours.
Burnley have been celebrating their promotion back to the Premier League with an open top bus parade through the town.
Around 20,000 of supporters turned out in the evening sunshine to see the players presented with the Championship trophy.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted to enjoying the celebrations after winning the Championship title.
The Clarets have won two promotions in three years, which Dyche called a "win-win" for the town.
Burnley fans are gathering outside the town hall for the club's Championship title parade.
Burnley's players will take an open top bus from the Town Hall to Turf Moor after clinching the Championship title at the weeknd,
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The bitter pill of being relegated from the Premier League for Burnley has been sweetened with the news that the club has made a record profit thanks to their year in English football's top division.
The Clarets have reported a net profit of £30.14m during the financial year ending June 2015.
Burnley are currently sat top of the Championship and are on course to make an immediate return to the Premier League this season.
Here's the full statement from the club,
"Burnley Football Club made a record £30.14m net profit during their Premier League season in the financial year ending June, 2015.
The figure reverses a £7.6m pre-tax loss reported in the previous 12 months, earned during promotion to the top flight.
The accounts also do not include the sale of Danny Ings to Liverpool, for which a compensation fee is yet to be determined.
In a statement to shareholders, Chairman Mike Garlick said: “I’m sure you will all agree that the 2014/15 season was one where we showed great spirit and commitment, both on and off the pitch, and despite our eventual relegation, as a club, we gained a great deal of respect and admiration throughout the football world.
“A net profit of £30.1m is not only the biggest recorded by the club, but also one of the highest in the Premier League as a whole.
“In times of boom and bust for many clubs in the world of football we continue to be regarded by many as a role model of how to run a club in the modern era.”
Mr Garlick added: “It is worth noting that although these financial figures indicate that we now have a large sum of money in the bank, this isn’t the case.
“Decisions were taken early in the season to clear all the clubs external and internal debts, as people will remember that last time we were promoted we did have around £10m of debt, both in terms of external creditors and directors.
“They have been paid off, as have the Turf Moor Bond holders and, of course, the ground buy-back.
“We also committed to stadium improvements, such as the offices and new Clarets Store, as well as redeveloping our training ground at a cost of around £10m, in order to bring us in line with other clubs in both the Championship and Premier League and help to attract the best possible playing talent to the club, whatever their age group.
“Most of the development work will be completed by early 2017, and was long overdue, but lack of funds always previously prevented us from completing these projects.
“If you add all that up, the combined cost of eliminating all debt, plus the new developments is approximately £20m pounds.”
The latest accounts show a turnover of £78.77m, a £59.14m increase compared with 2013/14, due to the club’s Premier League status.
This includes a substantial rise in television rights, as well as increases in match income, catering sales, retail sales and other commercial activities.
All directors’ loans and external loans were repaid in full."