West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore has been given an extended break by manager Tony Pulis.
Livermore was part of Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad. He started in the 4-0 win in Malta and came on as a late substitute for Dele Alli in the Three Lions’ 2-1 win over Slovakia.
The 27-year-old, who signed from Hull City last season, has been described by Pulis as being “mentally tired.”
“He is such a good player for us that we don’t want to risk him going into a deeper, deeper, deeper hole,” Pulis said.
Livermore was absent from Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, and will also be rested for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Manchester City.
“We had a chat with Jake at the beginning of the week,” added Pulis.
“Jake came to see me. He has felt a little bit jaded, mentally more than anything else.
“We check all of his running stats, and his data, and he had dropped off a bit.
“I think playing all the time has really, really taken it out of the boy.”
Pulis hopes to have the midfielder back in action in a week’s time for the Baggies’ away Premier League match at Arsenal on Monday night
The former Spurs midfielder has opened up about the situation publicly, allaying fears over anything serious.
“Just to clarify the club (both management and medical) made the decision it was the right and only time to take a few days off to rest my body,” Livermore said.
“I hadn’t had this time in the summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates.
“All is good in the Livermore household but thanks to those who showed concern,” he added.