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Boss On 'Unhelpful' Haber Call-Up

23 February 2016

Steve Davis set to lose Haber over Easter period after his latest call-up for Canada.

Crewe Alexandra are set to lose their target man Marcus Haber for the Easter fixtures against Sheffield United and Bradford City after he was named in the Canada squad for their World Cup qualifying double header against Mexico. Haber would be available for the Peterborough United away game on Saturday 2nd April but would return to training with us later in that week following Canada’s game on Tuesday 29th March.

Steve Davis has described the situation as ‘not ideal’ because Football League clubs are not given an International break to cope with call-ups.

The Crewe Alexandra boss can also sympathise with Haber, because in the perfect scenario he could go on to feature at the World Cup Finals in 2018.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “It is never ideal to lose players through International call-ups. From a completely selfish perspective, you would want him to stay but I totally understand that Marcus wants to represent his country. They are important World Cup qualifiers for Canada and this maybe his only chance to possibly play in the World Cup so I respect that as well.

“Marcus is set to miss two games and it can stretch into three games because of the condition of the players when they come back. They can be fatigued from all the travelling they have to do. Marcus has to often fly to the other side of the world.

“He is playing well for us and is important to us but there is little we can do because the Football League does not have an international break. You need to have three called up to ask for the game to be postponed.

  He added: “It is not an ideal situation and extremely unhelpful at this stage of the season for us but it is also important to Marcus and to his country, so you just have to get on with it.”


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