Birmingham boss Gary Rowett explains why international break will benefit Blues in play-off charge

The side are currently six points adrift of the top six in the division.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett believes that the Blues have so many games in quick succession on the horizon that the international break should benefit his squad immensely, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Midlands side are currently ninth in the Championship, and are just six points adrift of the play-off positions heading into the final nine games of the campaign.

But with one more game than all of their rivals to play before the end of the season - which is also a huge positive given that it will allow the team to close the gap on the sides above them - Birmingham's schedule is set to be slightly more hectic than all of the clubs they are competing against. 

And Rowett suggested that because of how much effort the upcoming weeks will demand, the international break has come at a welcome time for his squad.

"We have nine games left and it will be a very, very quick nine games because they come in about five weeks," he told the Mail.

"I don't think having two weeks breather before that is a bad thing.

"We know exactly what we need to do, we have clarity and either way we will continue to learn stuff about the players which is what we are always trying to do."

As well as providing the Blues with a rest, the break should also benefit the team as they were not enjoying their strongest run of form in recent weeks. 

In their last five games, Rowett's men have won just once. And with four of the sides above them still to play, the Birmingham boss will be hoping that the rest can be used to allow the squad the opportunity to forget about their recent form and concentrate on what is still to come. 

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