Carlos Carvalhal says the international break has allowed Barry Bannan to come back refreshed and ready to produce his best form again.
Carvalhal admitted that Bannan’s performances had dipped in recent games but only, the head coach claimed, because he was forced to play in too many games because of a lack of options.
Injuries to players like Sam Hutchinson, Almen Adbi and Ross Wallace meant that Bannan was played when he probably should have been rested.
Now, back from international duty with Scotland, Carvalhal says the midfielder looks re-energised ahead of the derby with Barnsley.
“In midfield Barry Bannan dropped a little in performance because we didn’t have players in midfield to replace him, so he must play all the minutes and we saw his performance come down, which was an extra problem in that period,” said Carvalhal. “We know that we must refresh a little but we can’t refresh the team because he is an important player and we don’t have the players to refresh.
“Everything comes through Barry which is why he dropped a little.
“He came back very strong this week.
“He was involved in the national team, he just played the first game, he didn’t play this week and has come back very strong, he came back the real Barry Bannan again.
“It was a very good sign that he gave to us because we need him with a full energy for this part of the season and I hope we can recover more players in midfield so we can manage the team.”
“You know in football the midfield is very important because it is the brain in the team. The midfield makes the rhythm more high or more down. It is the midfield that thinks the game and decides everything because it is the brain of the team. When you have problems in the middle, it is good that Barry Bannan can come back with full energy, very very positive that tomorrow he can play at the level he played this week because it was a very high standard.”