ROBERTO Martinez admits Wigan Athletic will benefit from the international break after Jean Beausejour suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury at the weekend.
The winger was making his first appearance of the season against Stoke, but lasted less than half an hour before limping off to be replaced by David Jones.
Beausejour has already been ruled out of Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia in Santiago.
And Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed the former Birmingham man will be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday week.
“Any injury is a serious one, but perhaps the international break will work to our advantage from that point of view,” he told the Evening Post.
“It will hopefully give us plenty of time to assess him before the game against Manchester United.
“Other than that I don’t really like these international weeks so soon into the new season.
“That’s because they interrupt the rhythm you’re trying to find and you’re giving your players to third parties hoping they return injury-free.”
Christopher Park will be somewhat deserted this week with several of Martinez’s stars jetting around the globe in search of international glory.
Maynor Figueroa and Honduras have a double-header against Cuba in Havana and San Pedro Sula to look forward to, while Antolin Alcaraz’s Paraguay face Argentina in Cordoba and then Venezuela in Asuncion.
Closer to home – just – James McCarthy and Ireland face a daunting trip to Kazakhstan in search of World Cup qualification points.
Scotland pair Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney, on the other hand, have it much easier with back-to-back games against Serbia and Macedonia on home soil.
James McArthur was left out of the squad by Craig Levein to rest the back problem he’s been contending with in the opening few weeks of the campaign.
And Ryo Miyaichi has also been excused duty for Japan’s clash with the United Arab Emirates because of a lack of match fitness.