NIGEL Clough hopes the international break will give him time to patch up his injury-hit squad.
The Brewers have been hit by a succession of injuries and illness over the last month that have reduced the squad down to the bare bones.
Kyle McFadzean and Marvin Sordell were the latest players to pick up knocks as the Brewers went down 3-1 at Wolves on Saturday.
The Brewers already had Will Miller, John Brayford, Ben Turner, Lucas Akins, Jamie Allen and Martin Samuelsen out before being forced to make two half-time substitutions at Molineux as McFadzean and Sordell made it eight on the sidelines.
Clough said: “If we were training today we might only have six or seven fit players. That’s why the rest is the most important thing, especially at this time of the season. The injured players will be in for treatment and this gives them the best possible chance to get back.
“We hope the likes of Ben Turner and John Brayford might be back training next week. Martin Samuelsen might have recovered from his illness, Jamie Allen’s ankle might have recovered so we hope to have more options by the time we take on Cardiff.”
One of the positives from Saturday was the chance to get new signing Tomas Egert on the pitch
Clough said: “We are very short of bodies at the moment, especially defensively so we were pleased to get him on for 10 minutes.”