THE current international break is a timely one for Leeds United.

The hiatus gives new head coach Jesse Marsch more time to school his squad into his football philosophy.

Usually after back-to-back wins clubs want to use the momentum and get straight back into action as quick as possible. That is not the case at Elland Road at the moment.

Marsch has seen enough spirit and fight from his squad in the drama-drenched victories against Norwich and Wolves but knows there is still much tactical and technical work to do before Premier League safety is guaranteed.

Those successive victories have left the Whites on 29 points from 30 games with a seven-point gap above the drop zone.

But they have played three matches more than relegation rivals Everton (25pts) and Burnley (21pts) while Watford (22pts) and seemingly-doomed Norwich (19pts) have a game in hand.

Brentford are also still in the scrap, a point above Leeds from 30 games.

Leeds travel to Brentford on the final day of the season but both clubs will be hoping they will be out of trouble by then.

Although the table looks healthier for Leeds than it did a couple of weeks ago, there are still glaring problems for Marsch to solve.

Against Norwich a failure to take their chances almost cost them dear before snatching a last-gasp win while at Molineux they were all too easily opened up down the flanks as slick Wolves built a 2-0 lead.

The controversial second yellow card dismissal of striker Raul Jimenez after 53 minutes opened the door for Leeds and they promptly stormed through it against a surprisingly panic-stricken Wolves.

They were driven on by Luke Ayling and fittingly he scored the winner.

Leeds lost Diego Llorente (back spasm), Mateusz Klich (concussion) and Illan Meslier (hip) during the Molineux battle but they will now remain at Thorp Arch rather than be away on international duty.

Patrick Bamford came off early on with a reoccurance of his foot injury, although Marsch believes it is only a temporary setback.

Also under treatment during the break is Joe Gelhardt (back) which has kept him out of both England Under 20 and Under 21 duty.

Raphinha, who didn’t feature at Wolves because of Covid, has not travelled to Brazil for their games against Brazil and Chile. Robin Koch has also had to pull out of Germany's squad after testing positive for Covid.

Klich is suspended for Poland’s World Cup play-off final on March 29 against either Sweden or Czech Republic so was not included in the squad to face Scotland in a friendly on Thursday.

Liam Cooper, on the bench at Wolves, won’t be with the Scots and midfielder Kalvin Phillips is in a similar position with England.

Rodrigo was not included in Spain’s squad and Llorente has withdrawn from it through injury.

Leeds resume Premier League business on Saturday, April 2 against Southampton at Elland Road.