Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo has once again revealed his frustration at the A-League continuing on despite an international period that will rob him of key players.
City are out to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final once again and they moved back to second on the ladder following a 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
The win was a huge boost for City who had drawn their previous three A-League matches but they will now have to do without Jamie Maclaren, Mat Leckie, Marco Tilio, and Connor Metcalfe for a spell.
All four players have been called up to the Socceroos squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman and the timing is not great.
But it never is according to Kisnorbo who would no doubt prefer the A-League to take a break while the international fixtures are on.
"The frustrating thing for a coach is we say things will change with international breaks and they never do," Kisnorbo said.
"I'm happy for the players and it's a World Cup qualifier, you want your country to go to the World Cup. And it's great to see that our players are getting picked. But we still have to play a game.
"I'm not going to comment too much because things just don't change. So it's OK. You need to adapt and move on."
Kisnorbo is also struggling for numbers as defenders Scott Jamieson, Nuno Reis and Rostyn Griffiths have been forced to sit out through suspension and sickness.
There was some good news though as new signing Carl Jenkinson came off the bench and got the third goal on debut in the 84th minute.