Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has called for a change to the international break format ahead of his side's clash with Manchester United on Saturday.
The Latics are away at Old Trafford for their fourth Premier League game of the season, and Martinez believes that he does not have enough time to prepare his players following the two rounds of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Moreover, the Wigan boss will not have Antolin Alcaraz back until Thursday afternoon from international duty with Paraguay because of a leg injury the defender suffered against Venezuela.
No preparation time
"I don't like the international break, I've said it many, many times," he said.
"This is another example. We've got 48 hours to go to one of the biggest games of our league competition and we don't even know what kind of squad we can count on. That's for ourselves, that's for Manchester United.
"As a whole, I don't think that's a healthy position for any team to be in when trying to put on a good display for the fans in what we consider to be the best league in the world."
Martinez added that this congestion of fixtures is not good for the players.
"It's something that you need to adapt to but it doesn't make it right," he said.
"It's trying to change a bad situation for the players into a positive one. I don't think that's right and it's unfair on the players.
"The answer should be playing the games with a longer recovery time before you play your next game. There are ways.
"I know it's a happy medium or a happy balance between the demands at club level and representing your national team.
"We want our players to play for their countries because it's great for us as football club and it's great for the players as it's a unique experience, but it's an area we need to look after the players and understand if you're going to fly for 10 hours, 48 hours before a proper game in the Premier League, it can't be the right preparation."