Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is worried that his side could be flat following the international break, ahead of their clash against Sheffield Wednesday tonight.
The Boro have had to cope with losing a number of their squad over the international break, including Darren Randolph, who started for the Republic of Ireland against Wales this week.
But the loss of some of his squad has left the former Stoke City manager anxious about the motivation of his players ahead of their return to Championship action this weekend.
”This is our first day today that we’ve had the full group together. We’ll get down to things today.’’ Pulis told his pre-match press conference.
The manager is concerned ahead of the clash, after his side failed to get going following the last international break.
But, the former Premier League outfit have started the season in good form and find themselves fourth after 12 games.
However, Wednesday will prove to be a tough test, and the manager will be making calls to ensure his side can secure a positive result.
”The difficult thing is they’ve been away for 12 days so it’s gauging what they’ve done and what they haven’t done. We went to Norwich after the last international break and certain players looked flat.’’ He added.
”There are decisions to be made. I’ll be speaking to the doctor and medical people really closely.”