Andy Yiadom made only two appearances for Ghana at the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, but his lack of game time seems to have played into the hands of English club side Barnsley, according to manager Paul Heckingbottom.
The full-back rejoined the Tykes on Thursday after playing in Ghana's third-place playoff defeat to Burkina Faso last weekend.
Barnsley play as guests to Reading FC on Saturday, and Heckingbottom reveals the Black Star's limited Afcon opportunities put him in good shape for a swift return to Championship action.
“He [Yiadom] has done a lot of travelling and that’s what they [Ghana squad] had to do after his game over the weekend [against Burkina Faso]," Heckingbottom told pressmen, as reported by his club's official website.
"They all had to fly back to Ghana before departing from Ghana back here, so he’s done a lot of travelling.
“He played two games which is ideal for us, the last of which was last weekend, so we know he’s had probably just about the right amount of football.
"It’s just a case of assessing him."
Yiadom joined Barnsley from Barnet in summer last year, having also played for Braintree Town and Hayes & Yeading FC.
He featured in all but two league matches this season prior to his Afcon departure.