Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he is doing his best to prepare his international players for tomorrow’s trip to Bristol City.
A number of Reds were involved during the recent break, most notably Jamie Ward, David Vaughan and Jonny Williams, who all saw their countries qualify for next summer’s European Championships.
Ward didn’t feature in Northern Ireland’s second match after he helped his side secure qualification with an impressive display in last week’s win over Greece.
Vaughan and Williams, however, played 90 and 85 minutes respectively on Tuesday night as Wales celebrated their own qualification with a convincing win over Andorra in Cardiff.
And Freedman says he was keeping close tabs on that match.
The manager told Forest Player HD: “I was watching very closely. Jonny Williams – I think it was good for him to get 85 minutes. I thought he played very well and I thought David Vaughan was the best player on the pitch for Wales. He was instrumental in keeping the ball moving.
“I was happy the two of them came through it. They are a little bit tired but we’ve got a game to go ahead with tomorrow night and we’ll make sure we do the very best to prepare them.
“The bumps and bruises are definitely there and I’ve got to be very aware of that.”
Forest are travelling to Bristol this evening ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at Ashton Gate (kick-off 7.45pm).
And Freedman has warned that Steve Cotterill’s team are not to be underestimated, despite their position at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table.
The Forest manager said: “Like us, their points don’t reflect where they should be. I’ve watched their last four matches and they’ve been playing very well.
“They play 5-3-2 and attack from deep so we need to be aware of that.
“Friday night, on Sky, it’s a very difficult match for us. But we’ve got a team that’s starting to come together and working hard for each other, and that always gives you a chance.”