ROBERTO Martinez will use this weeks; warm-weather training camp in Qatar to get his injured players - including James McCarthy and Darron Gibson - closer to fitness.
The two Ireland internationals have had a frustrating season so far due to injury.
Gibson has made just three Premier League appearances while a hamstring injury has dogged McCarthy for most of the season.
With no FA Cup game due to their third-round exit, Martinez has taken the squad to Qatar and he hopes to players like McCarthy work on their fitness.
"Sometimes when you have injured players they are a little bit away from the dynamics of the group and I think it's going to be important to get everybody close and make sure we are reinforcing what we are and looking forward to coming back really strong," said Martinez.
"It has been a demanding half of the season and it will be a good opportunity to work with players who have been out injured. From a psychological point of view it will get players ready for the game against Crystal Palace and everything else that is left in the second half of the season.
"It is a really really important period to condense a lot of work into a week in Qatar," added Martinez, also hopeful that a spell out of the spotlight, intense due to recent results, can also help.
"We need a bit of time to let things sink in. At the moment we are experiencing such a difficult moment in terms of results, but we had real good performances and we need to get back and see the potential we have as a squad and try and reproduce that in the second half of the season."