MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says the upcoming break without games for his side will be a good chance for some of his injured squad to rest up.

After the Ton’s weekend game was called off against Alloa Athletic, the Greenock side’s squad now have an opportunity to rest after their recent busy schedule.

With the international break coming up this weekend, the Cappielow outfit now have just under a fortnight until their next competitive game against Partick Thistle at Cappielow on March 30.

After several of his team picked up injuries in the last few weeks, adding to several players carrying knocks in the last few matches, Johansson admits the break has come at a good time for his troops.

He told the Tele: “We prepared for Alloa and looked forward to it, but we knew from the way the pitch was that it was never going to be on, to be honest.

“We knew it and then it was about rearranging it.

“After a hectic period we now have a bit of break.

“There are a few players who have been struggling for a while, and to give them a rest is good.

“We would have pushed them to play and most of them could have played but it was good for them to get a break.

“But also when you don’t play for a couple of weeks you just want to get straight back into it.”

The clash against Alloa has yet to have a new date officially confirmed, but the rearranged game is expected to take place during a midweek in April.

Johansson will use the time off to work on different areas of his squad, as well as getting a chance to look at some of their Championship rivals in action.

He added: “We can now spend the week having a bit of a break and focusing on tactical stuff and getting everyone closer to match fitness again, but you obviously want to play on a weekend.

“Partick play on Friday and in the lower leagues a few teams play and we’ll have a look at some of them that we’ve been following, it gives you time to prepare and to look forward to the end of the season.”

Morton are due to host Dunfermline Athletic in a reserve fixture today at Cappielow, but with the pitch not expected to fully recover in time for the game, the match will potentially be swapped to Ton’s training ground at Parklea.

The Cappielow boss says some of his squad may get a run-out against the Pars second string, and he also may look to arrange a bounce game for his team during the week – if enough of his players recover from injuries.

He said: “We are looking to play a few players. Obviously the Cappielow pitch is not in the best condition at the moment.

“We were having a look at Parklea but we’ll speak to Derek [Anderson, director of youth] and John [Sutton, head of youth development], above, in this morning.

“A few players need a game.

“We’ll try to maybe play a bounce game in the club or against each other. In certain areas we have a lot of injuries at the moment and it’s difficult to play two 11s games when you don’t have enough players.”