Villa boss frustrated by internationals

Villa manager Alex McLeish today revealed his frustration at not being able to work with some of his players this week because of the international matches.

Villa manager Alex McLeish today revealed his frustration at not being able to work with some of his players this week because of the international matches.

A number of Villa players are away representing their countries in friendlies, which have left McLeish praying they return free of injury.

He said: "I am sure the players are raring to go but the only real niggle for me is the internationals this week, which are a bit of a distraction.

“I am baffled as to why there are international games the week before the start of the campaign.

“I suppose not every country’s league is starting this weekend and I guess it is a difficult one for FIFA.

"But it would have been good to have bedded down little tactical things we have been thinking about during the week.

“I won’t see most of the players from a working point of view until Friday.”