The 11 Bristol City and Bristol Rovers players called up by their country for first international break of 2023 - gallery
The Championship is in to its final eight games, whilst League One will continue - but both Bristol clubs won't be in action over the next week-and-a-half.
Bristol City and Bristol Rovers won't be in action this week as the first international break of 2023, sees a brief pause before the 2022/23 season concludes.
It's been four months since the Robins' season paused for the World Cup, which saw them have involvement through Antoine Semenyo who ended up joining AFC Bournemouth in January. As for Rovers, they had to play on when the football was on in Qatar and faced Peterborough United, Boreham Wood and Bolton Wanderers during that period.
In what is the first international break of the year, the Robins wouldn't have been in action anyway as both the Premier League and Championship comes to a pause, but in a surprise, the Gas won't be playing either after their match against Shrewsbury Town was postponed. Rovers had three call-ups and as a result, they were able to request a postponement to the EFL, which means their fixture with the Shrews will be need to be rearranged, with not much of a window to do so.
Joey Barton's side will now have 20 days from their last fixture - a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth - and their next, a Good Friday match against Charlton Athletic on April 7, because their game with Plymouth Argyle on April 1 has been postponed. As for City, they've got Reading when the football returns on the first of April, and the break has come at the right time given the amount of injuries they've had. Several of their players are heading off for duty, and there's a hope there will be no more injuries, as their squad is already being stretched.
Here’s a list of all the Bristol City and Bristol Rovers players who have been called up for international duty during this latest break from domestic action: