Brown not worried by break

Hull boss happy to have international players

Brown: No concerns

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Phil Brown has admitted that having his preparations disrupted by the international break is a 'necessary evil'.

The Hull boss is planning ahead to this Sunday's Premier League match against West Ham and hoping that his side can continue their fantastic start to the season.

Nine players are away representing their countries but Brown is happy that his squad boasts so many international stars.

He believes it is a sign of Hull's quality, although he accepts that one or two players may not be fully fit when they return.

"Of course my preparations will be affected," Brown told the Hull Daily Mail.

Risk

"I don't know what the team will be because I don't know the fitness of the players when they come back to us.

"There is always a risk a player can get injured while being away playing in World Cup qualifiers, but there is also a risk of players getting injured during the two weeks of training here in Hull.

"It's a necessary evil, but I'd much rather have nine players away playing international football than not.

"What is good is that the game is on Sunday rather than Saturday.

"It gives me two days to work with the players who have been away with their countries on Friday and Saturday to get them ready."

Geovanni

Meanwhile, Brown has rubbished speculation suggesting that Hull have slapped an £8million price tag on Geovanni.

The Brazilian has been in sensational form for the Tigers this term, scoring fantastic goals in the famous victories over Arsenal and Tottenham.

His performances may have attracted the attention of other clubs but Brown has dismissed the latest reports.

He said: "There is absolutely no shred of truth in that story whatsoever."