Mateusz Klich makes admission following drop in form with Leeds United
The Whites are currently in the middle of the March international break.
Mateusz Klich has conceded that his dip in form with Leeds United has been due to an element of tiredness.
The Poland international - who first tested positive and then negative for Covid-19 while on national duty this week - has made 25 Premier League starts this season.
Klich has been a regular for the Whites since head coach Marcelo Bielsa first joined the club nearly three years ago.
The Argentine has relied heavily on the 30-year-old providing energy in his midfield, with Klich enjoying a stunning run of 92 consecutive starts for the club before promotion to the top flight.
He has made fleeting appearances from the bench in recent weeks after being dropped due to a drop in form. Klich has now admitted that there has been an element of burnout creeping into his game.
"I admit that yes, that's why I've been resting more in the club lately," he told the Polish media this week.
"I started two matches on the bench. Over the last three years I have 'loaded' some of these [international] meetings, and I have not had any holidays.
"Fortunately, I was avoiding more serious injuries, but minor ones started to happen to me. From overload, from intensity. My joints don't hurt yet, I'm only 30 years old, but something hurt.
"At the club, we also train very hard between meetings, so it's hard to regain freshness. I hope to catch my breath, because I have the best matches when I am physically prepared."