Rowell Report: Sunderland manager’s injury fears on international duty

Gary Rowell
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ANOTHER round of international matches means the Premier League completely shuts down for a fortnight again.

The season is barely a couple of months old but for the second time, there’s a two-week gap in Premier League games with yet another break scheduled for November.

Those players not involved in the international squads can hardly complain about being over-worked and hopefully they will feel the benefits when the season goes into the long winter months. I’m hoping those who are selected for their various countries will do themselves justice, as good individual performances on the international stage can only increase their transfer value while also raising the profile of the club.

Gus Poyet, though, will be hoping that his players just stay clear of injuries and return to Wearside in one piece.

The last thing a manager needs is for any of his key players to miss vital games due to injuries picked up on international duties.

That’s exactly what happened to Steven Fletcher when playing for Scotland a couple of years ago.

He suffered a bad ankle knock which led to a long time out of the game, a loss of form and fitness – and he has struggled to put a consistent run of games together since.

So it’s fingers crossed that everyone returns safe and sound, as with tough games coming up, Poyet needs every option available to him.