MASSIMO Luongo has insisted the Swindon Town squad have more than enough depth to cope with the potential absence of their international stars.
With Brad Smith now back at Liverpool, Town no longer have a third international in their side, meaning the clash with Bristol City on November 15 is likely to go ahead even if Luongo and Yaser Kasim are called up for Australia and Iraq duty respectively.
However, with Ben Gladwin, Anton Rodgers and Jake Reeves all proving their worth in recent weeks, Luongo doesn’t believe their absences will be too much of an issue for the Town midfield.
“It’s (Australia squad) something I want to be a part of, when I’m there I focus on them and when I’m here I focus on Swindon," he said.
“It’s different challenges for me and I don’t worry about it, what happens, happens, but it’s good for anyone.
“We’ve got plenty of depth here, Ben Gladwin has showed a bit that he can step in if Yaser or I are away and Rodgo and Reevo are all quality to come in.
“The more games we bang out and keep a flow on the better because the international breaks could do us more harm than good.
“The Bristol game’s the next one I think which will be a big game for us, with our without certain players.”
Town have played their last five matches away from Wiltshire but return to the County Ground tonight when they face Rochdale, with Luongo looking to show the home support the full extent of their talent.
“It’s been a while with all the international break so it’s exciting, especially with the crowds we’ve been forming together and expectations we have for ourselves,” he said.
“That’s not saying there’s any pressure on us but this is a game we can properly enjoy.
“We’ve got a way of playing and I think everyone’s trusting the system and the coaches and eventually it comes through. The more games we play and the more times we practice, the better we’ll get at it.
Luongo is unsure how Rochdale will approach tonight’s game but, even if they do try and cramp Town’s style, the Aussie international has full faith he and his teammates can work their way out of trouble.
“We’re all expecting Rochdale to look at the Yeovil game and see how they countered us and maybe do the same thing, or maybe do it in their own way, but we’re expecting something to stop us and it’s whether or not we are able to overcome it,” he said.
“We always do and we trust the coaches to work it out.
“We worry about getting the three points, nobody feels the pressure on or off the pitch and there’s no problem with that.”