Leicester City's bid to halt slump is hit hard by World Cup
Leicester City's internationals could have just one training session to prepare for their vital clash with Millwall a week on Friday.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defender Sean St Ledger, midfielder Andy King and striker Chris Wood have jetted out for international duty with their respective countries, and are not due to return until the middle of next week as City prepare to face the Lions and halt their alarming recent slump in form.
Schmeichel and Denmark have World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic, in Olomouc on Friday, and against Bulgaria, in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
St Ledger is in the Republic of Ireland squad for their qualifiers against Sweden, in Stockholm on Friday, and Austria, in Dublin on Tuesday.
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King and Wales face Scotland at Hampden Park on Friday, and Croatia at the Millennium Stadium on Tuesday.
But City's greatest concern will be over the condition of Wood, who has flown 11,400 miles to New Zealand ahead of their home game against New Caledonia on Friday, and then travels with the All Whites to face the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Tuesday.
The Solomon Islands are 11 hours ahead of UK time, which means he will set off on his return journey at the earliest on Tuesday afternoon, and could be back in Leicester by next Wednesday evening after his 24-hour trip.
That would give him just the day before the game to recover and train with his City team-mates, but boss Nigel Pearson said the club will just have to deal with the situation.
"There is not a lot you can do with players who go on international duty," he said.
"The players who go, like Chris Wood, will only possibly get back the day before we play, so it is not ideal."
The rest of the City squad have flown to Portugal for warm-weather training as they work through a run of form which has seen them win just once in nine league games.
Pearson added: "The players have to work hard and must make sure they re-energise, both physically and mentally, so next time we play we are in better condition than now."