Leroy Fer feels the international break has come at a good time for Swansea City as they look to bounce back from consecutive Premier League defeats.
Paul Clement’s side went down 2-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday as the visitors slipped to 17th in the table – just three points ahead of third-bottom Hull City, who also beat the Swans last week.
An unfortunate Alfie Mawson own goal just past the half-hour mark edged Bournemouth ahead before Benik Afobe made sure of victory for Eddie Howe’s side in the second half.
The Premier League now takes a break as international fixtures take centre stage.
And Fer, who featured at right-back after injuries ruled out Kyle Naughton and Angel Rangel, believes the rest period will allow them to recharge ahead of a crucial home fixture with Middlesbrough on April 2.
“The international break gives a few of our injured players like Martin Olsson and Kyle Naughton the chance to recover in time for the next game,” said the Dutch midfielder, who has experience of playing at right-back during his first year with Feyenoord.
“Some of the lads will go away with their countries, but hopefully they come back fit and fresh.
“It gives everyone the chance to refocus a bit and recharge the batteries for what is going to be a crucial time for us.”
Of the defeat on the South Coast, Fer added: “Today wasn’t our day.
“We had played very well with a lot of confidence recently, but last week against Hull and today against Bournemouth we weren’t at our usual level.
“It’s a setback and we have to get back to the level where we were before.
“Every team gets setbacks. We had opportunities in the last two games to move up the table – we didn’t take them, but we must keep our heads up.
“We must stay confident and full of belief, because that will be vital in the games coming up.”