Last Updated: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:06
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed that all his international stars will return to the squad unscathed.
Martinez is trying to prepare his squad for the start of the Premier League season which kicks off at Norwich on Saturday but his plans are being hampered by a long list of absentees.
Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas,Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman and Nikica Jelavic are all set to play for their national sides and then there is the under-21s to consider as well.
Whilst Martinez is happy to have so many players representing the club he admits it is by no means the best way to build up to Saturday.
"It is frustrating," he told the Echo.
"You have got players away representing their countries and in a way it is always great to carry the name of Everton in international games.
"But you are just keeping your fingers crossed that we can get through with no injuries. That is always a bit of an anxious time.
"I try to watch all the games. We follow all of them through reports and, for as many as we can, we try to get the live games. We keep a close eye on how the players are used and how well they can get through the games.
"For us it is important to get as much information from the matches as possible."
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