Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has told Forest Player that he believes the timing of the recent international break suited his in-form players.The latest round of World Cup Qualifiers called a momentary halt to fixtures in the npower Championship and the passionate boss was adamant that the pause was of benefit to him and his men.
He said: “The players and staff have worked very hard – this break has certainly come at a good time for everyone at the club. The injured players benefitted in particular, along with the likes of Andy Reid who was struggling with a slight virus.
“It’s important to get that rest. The Championship is a long and difficult season and, although my staff and I have only been here for a short period of time, I have to bear in mind what a difficult season it’s been for everyone else.
“Over the course of the next couple of days we’ll start to get our full complement of players back and be able to prepare for what will be a very difficult game against Brighton on Saturday.”
Henri Lansbury’s injury in last week’s England Under 21 international highlighted a hazard of any international break – but the midfielder could be in contention for the Seagulls clash.
Davies said: “He was carried off very early in the game and the England medical team advised him to return to Forest for treatment.
“It’s too early to say whether or not he’ll be available but we’re certainly pleased with the progress he’s making.”