Nelsen rues international break
Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen believes international breaks can 'absolutely kill' squads.
Last Updated: 08/10/08 5:07pm
Ryan Nelsen believes international breaks can 'absolutely kill' squads if too many players are required by their countries.
Nelsen will be staying with Blackburn over the next fortnight as New Zealand do not have a match, but many of his club-mates will be jetting off around the world.
Most players will not return to Ewood Park until late next week and Nelsen realises that it will be difficult to prepare for the clash with Bolton on 18th October.
The 30-year-old defender feels that Blackburn have struggled to cope in the past, although he acknowledges that other Premier League clubs have the same problem.
"International breaks can absolutely kill squads. I think we had four senior players here one week," Nelsen told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"When you have four players training of course it is going to disrupt things. You can't work on anything and if you get injuries it can ruin all the good work you have done.
"Then when you come back, players come back fatigued and tired and that is where teams with less internationals really benefit from the rest and work during the week."
Nelsen had to visit New Zealand for two internationals in September and upon his return Blackburn lost 4-0 to Arsenal.
However, he feels Rovers should be able to turn in a better performance against Bolton.
He explained: "Last time, I did about 60 hours flying time and another 20 odd hours waiting around in airports, which is draining in the extreme.
"None of the players really trained together in the first few weeks of the season for a whole week, due to the international games.
"The other week was the first week of training I had since the season started. People were hitting panic buttons but we knew the quality we have got and it was just a case of fine-tuning things.
"The impact of so many international games was felt even more here because there was a new management team in and Paul (Ince) wanted to work with the whole team defending, not just the back four.
"But he couldn't, we just couldn't, and it was only the other week we really were able to do that and you have seen the benefits. We all know what we have to do now so hopefully it won't have such an affect on us."