Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits they were down to the bare bones for their 0-0 draw with West Brom.
With Chris Wood already sidelined, Joel Mumbongo was the only substitute striker available to Dyche, who introduced the 22-year-old Swede off the bench for the ailing Rodriguez with less than 10 minutes to go.
However, the Clarets boss was reluctant to send Mumbongo on any earlier in a bid to shake things up against their 10-man opponents because of his inexperience.
Dyche said: “It's fair to say we are stretched and Joel Mumbongo, don't get me wrong, is doing great and has been part of the group. But he's a young kid and it's his first look at football at this level.
“These players have played hardly any football and we're throwing them into Premier League football matches. Part of their development is not to be thrown in too early."