Monk focussed on Chelsea preparations
6th September 2014
Despite the international break, preparations are well underway for Swansea City's trip to Chelsea next weekend.
Garry Monk has been without 11 members of his squad this week due to national call-ups, but the Swans boss has continued his plans for next Saturday's top-of-the-table clash at Stamford Bridge.
Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor are away with the Wales squad while recent signing Federico Fernandez was on the scoresheet in Argentina's 4-2 win over World Cup holders Germany.
Keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been called up by Poland and Ki Sung-Yueng is among the South Korea squad while Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) and Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), too, are away with their nations.
Jordi Amat, Josh Sheehan, Ryan Hedges and Tom Carroll are also involved in Under-21 action with Spain, Wales and England.
And despite having a limited number of first-team players available for training, Monk insists it's business as usual ahead of the clash with the Blues.
"This week we are continuing to work on things that we need to improve. There are many aspects which we are looking at," said the Swans boss.
"However, for anyone carrying niggling injuries it offers time to recuperate in order to be fit before the next round of matches come around.
"But we have to make sure the boys that are in training remain sharp and their fitness is good."
He added: "When you have done as well as we have so far the break has probably come at the wrong time, but as a player it always comes at the wrong time because you just want to play.
"So we are training and preparing as much as possible for the Chelsea game, while, of course, we hope our international players all return without any injuries."