Quique Sanchez Flores is lamenting the lack of training time presented to him by the international break, as he prepares for several members of his playing squad to depart.

Six members of the Hornets' first-team squad are due to be out on international duty, including Craig Cathcart, Ismaila Sarr, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina, Adrian Mariappa and Pontus Dahlberg, while three members of the academy will join their respective national sides' youth teams, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton representing Scotland at Under-19 level, Ryan Cassidy joining up with Republic of Ireland Under-19s and Bosun Lawal joining the Irish Under-17s for a training camp.

Sanchez Flores admitted the circumstances were less than ideal for him as he tries to prepare for a difficult away game at Tottenham Hotspur in just under two weeks.

"For me the best thing would be to stay here everyone and take these two weeks to train a lot and to try to understand a lot of things," said the head coach.

"But when you have this kind of squad with a lot of nationalities you know what happens. All of them is at work, one week later I need to prepare the next match in four days or five days. This is a problem we know before the break, we have to accept it. This is what we knew.

"We have many players will leave, so it's not like a pre-season where we would use this week a few days to train well. Some players they will leave and then when they come next week we will use [the time] in the best way we can."