Peterborough United defender Gabby Zakuani is hoping the international break will allow him to fully recover from injury.
The 25-year-old broke his toe in early August and has since been playing with pain-killing injections.
"I've been getting four a game, two before and two at half-time," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"I think I need to just stay off it for the whole time, because I've not trained for nearly two months."
The former Fulham centre-half missed four games after picking up the injury, but has played in all of Posh's last six.
"It's really tough because I'm in a lot of pain in the last 10 to 15 minutes of the first half and towards the end of the game as well," he added.
"But when the adrenaline's pumping and the stadium's full you don't really think about it too much.
"I'm just glad the manager's been picking me and hopefully in two weeks it will do some healing."
Boss Darren Ferguson has hailed the defender's continued dedication.
"He's typical Gabby, he just wants to play," said the Scot.
"We didn't think he'd be fit for the Portsmouth game so soon after West Ham, I spoke to him Monday, he said 'I want to play, just give me an injection'.
"Now is a chance for him to get some serious rest, he'll rest for the next 10 days and you'll hope he'll be fine to face Bristol City."