Dougie Freedman explains how the international break will help Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest suffered a 3-1 defeat to Norwich City away from home in the Championship on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has highlighted the importance of the international break to the club’s official website.

Forest played against Norwich City on Saturday and will return to Championship action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, April 3.

The Reds suffered their heaviest defeat under Freedman against Norwich, going down 3-1 at Carrow Road without putting up too much of a resistance.

The Scot has now underlined the importance of the two-week international break for his players.

“For us it’s crucial,” Freedman told Forest’s official website. “We’re missing bodies - the season’s caught up with us.

“It’s been very difficult mentally as well - a new manager coming in and setting different training methods.

“This will be a fantastic time to physically and mentally rest and then come back for a big push for the last month.”

The international break comes at a good time for Forest, who will need time to recover from the upset at Norwich.

Although losing to top-two chasing Norwich is not an embarrassment, the way the Reds collapsed and went 3-0 behind is something that needs addressing.

Over the international break, Freedman can look into that and make sure that it does not happen again.

Moreover, the players will get a much-needed rest and come back fresher to re-launch their challenge for a place in the Championship playoffs.

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