Michael Keane insists Burnley are refreshed and raring to go in their televised Sunday Championship clash with Brighton at Turf Moor.
The Clarets start the next batch of league games buoyed by an seven–game unbeaten run that spanned the two previous international shut-downs.
And defender Keane, an ever-present in the league this season, admits Burnley now have eyes on ending the league’s only unbeaten record when Albion pitch up for the televised game.
He said: “It’s a massive game for us, they (Brighton and Hove Albion) have done really well and obviously they’re unbeaten.
“We are only two points away from them though and if we beat them we’ll go above them, so we are looking to win the game and push on.
“At home with the fans behind us we feel like we will score goals, so if we defend like we did against Wolves then hopefully we will keep a clean sheet again.”
Keane feels he has benefited from the two-week break, which included a short sunshine break.
Having represented the England under 21’s side throughout 2013 and 2015, the 22-year-old is, admittedly, a stranger to time away from the routine of training and playing.
However with the prospect of a huge game to kick-start the run up to Christmas, Keane believes the rest has been a timely one.
“It’s been a good break for the lads, obviously we’ve had a lot of games and some positive results in this time so it’s been good to have a little rest,” he told Clarets Player HD.
“There were a lot of games in the early part of the season as there will be at Christmas. You can get a bit leggy and a bit fatigued but it’s not just in the legs, it’s mentally too.
“Saturday-Tuesday games can take a strain on players and to know there’s a break coming up can help.
“Personally I don’t mind playing throughout the whole season as I’ve been used to it being involved with the Under 21’s.
“However this is the first time I’ve actually had a break due to this and it’s been nice, after a few days though I think most of the lads are just looking forward to getting back in.”
The full interview with Michael can be seen now on Clarets Player HD here.