Wolves boss raises concerns ahead of Leeds United clash

WOLVES boss Nuno Espirito Santo has voiced his concerns at the current fixture schedule ahead of Monday's return to Premier League action at Leeds United.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 1:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 1:55 pm

Both Wolves and Leeds have had a host of players away on international duty with most nations taking in three games in a little over a week as part of the October international break.

The final helping of October internationals takes place on Wednesday night with Leeds having five players on duty in Kalvin Phillips (England), Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland), Tyler Roberts (Wales), Mateusz Klich (Poland) and Gjanni Alioski (North Macedonia).

The contingent of Whites who have ben away on senior international duty is completed by Robin Koch (Germany), Liam Cooper (Scotland), Diego Llorente and Rodrigo (both Spain) with Cooper and Llorente both forced to return home early after suffering groin injuries.

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FIXTURES ISSUE: For Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo by NICK POTTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Wolves have also had a large number of players away including five players with Portugal in Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence.

International team mate Cristiano Ronaldo has since tested positive for COVID-19 but the Wolves quintet returned negative tests and will be reportedly tested again on Friday.

Conor Coady (England), Adamah Traore (Spain) and Raul Jimenez (Mexico), meanwhile, have also been away on international duty.

Portugal and England are both in action on Wednesday evening with the Premier League then resuming three days later but Wolves' trip to Leeds takes place on Monday evening having been moved for live coverage on Sky Sports.

“We are proud that they go to national teams, but I think the schedule is not correct,” the Wolves boss told Birmingham Live.

“We had them with no preparation at the beginning of the season and then they went to national teams, now that we are getting back and have some time, they go again.

"But this is the pandemic, and everybody has to adjust.

“I don’t speak to the national coaches. I don’t have authority to say anything about that.

“But what we try is to keep in contact and have the information of the training sessions, give them information about our players and where they are at the moment, so they can manage better, because at this time, they are their players.”

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Thank you Laura Collins