Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier hopes the international break has actually provided a period for players to be refreshed.
The 22-year-old is fit again after a thigh injury meant he missed the surprise 2-1 defeat at Evian Thonon Gaillard last time out - a result which he felt owed much to fatigue within the squad.
It was the eighth match in a month as two two-legged Champions League qualifiers contributed to a hectic start to the season and his injury.
``My problem was there was the sequence of games and it was hard,'' he said.
``But I watched the game against Evian on television. I felt the group was tired, even if it's not an excuse.''
Lyon host Rennes, a point above them in fifth place, on Sunday needing to get back on track after back-to-back league defeats which has extended a four-match losing streak taking into account European games.
``We are all aware of what we should do,'' Grenier told the club's official website olweb.fr.
``Rennes are a regular team in Ligue 1 and it will be difficult.
``The result is important. We have to win, especially at home, and we want to do it for us and for the fans who have always supported us.
``We are ready for the challenge.''
Rennes coach Philippe Montanier also used the international break to good effect but is aware of the impact it may have had on his players who had to travel long distances.
``It feels good to breathe and also to have a little time,'' he told staderennais.com.
``It has allowed us to integrate our new players: Silvio (Romero), Fouad (Kadir) and Emerson were able to work with the group.
``But is also true that when you have eight players who are not with the group it is not easy.
``Nelson Oliveira (Portugal international) and John Boye (Ghana) returned from long journeys with significant jet lag.
``This is not the ideal week but we adapt.''
On Lyon, Montanier added: ``They are a big team in Ligue 1 with a great track record.
``It's always interesting to see the behaviour of the team against opponents of high quality.
``What interests me is the progression. It should be that it is better than against Lille (0-0) and certainly worse than against Ajaccio for the next game.''