Neil Warnock has weighed in on the club vs country debate - and is hoping for the Chelsea squad to be tired when the international break ends.
A number of Blues players have been drawn into the debate between club and country in recent seasons, with Brazil-born Spanish international forward Diego Costa the centre of attention at the current time.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called for Costa to miss international duty, with the forward still struggling through a hamstring injury that prevents him from playing too often. The 25-year-old has yet to miss a Premier League game despite his injury, and he featured in Tuesday night’s Champions League game with Sporting CP, with a view to also start at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the Blues hosting London rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea’s first game back after the international break is at Selhurst Park, with Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace side facing the current league leaders on October 18. And Warnock has given his own opinion on the club vs country debate, suggesting that he is all for it - so that Chelsea will be weaker.
Speaking to the Express, the 65-year-old said: "I hope the Chelsea players go everywhere in the next fortnight!”
Whilst a number of the Blues squad are involved in their respective international set-ups, Warnock’s hope that they will return to Premier League action tired will surely be avoided, with modern techniques able to keep players at the top of their game, regardless of the circumstances.
Another player to be in the middle of the discussion is Daniel Sturridge, who has missed a number of weeks for Liverpool having suffered an injury during the last international break. It appears as if the young forward will be match fit for the upcoming round of England fixtures, but Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers is not keen for him to play - with another injury potentially set to occur.
Warnock also gave his opinion on the Sturridge situation, saying: "I think there is a good relationship between club managers and international coaches.
"Clearly losing Sturridge to injury meant the Liverpool medical staff couldn't deal with it internally.
"It is slightly different when you have quick forwards in your side.
"The explosion in their legs is incredible and when they are on international duty, you are bound to think the worse."