Carlos Carvalhal believes that the international break has come at a good time for his Sheffield Wednesday squad, despite the momentum the team had developed heading into the break, the Sheffield Star reports.
The Owls have won their last two games 3-0 to consolidate their position inside the play-off places in the Championship. But rather than be unhappy that the two week gap between games may prevent Wednesday capitalising further on their good form, Carvalhal suggested that the break will allow for the perfect preparation ahead of the business end of the campaign.
"We have two weeks off so it’s a good time for us to recover some players who are playing more," he told the Star.
"We can give more tempo to the guys who haven’t played as much.
"We will need all the players next month as we play seven games.
"It's a good time for us to rest and try and improve the team."
With any automatic promotion hopes looking bleak, it seems more than likely that if Wednesday hope to go up this term, they will have to do it through the play-offs, which will mean that their season is potentially extended by another three games.
And with the mental fatigue that will inevitably come from those additional games - given how important each performance will be - getting his entire squad in the right frame of mind for the upcoming weeks is essential.
However, given their results leading up to the break, if the Owls end up missing out on the play-offs, then Carvalhal may look back at the timing of the international break as a crucial moment that quashed their momentum and cost them a chance at promotion.