Wolves manager Nuno hit out at the “absurd” workload that his players have been subjected to over the international break ahead of the game against Leeds United on Monday. 

There have also been fears over Covid-19 with five of his players in the Portugal camp as Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive last week.

Those players have now been tested back at Wolves but the results won’t come back until Sunday morning – and Nuno admitted that would impact on his preparations for the game at Elland Road on Monday.

As quoted by Wolves journalist Tim Spiers, he said, “The (work)load that the players are being subjected to is absurd. Add the pandemic, players playing 3 games in the space of 10 days, it’s creating problems.”

Nuno also admitted it was lucky that the game was on Monday. If it was a Sunday kick-off the results would have come when the players were at the hotel pre-match.

Leeds came out of the international break with casualties, with Diego Llorente definitely ruled out of Monday’s game.

However, Pablo Hernandez is back and fit, and Liam Cooper faces a late fitness test.

If Cooper doesn’t make it you can expect to see Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch at the back for Leeds – the same defensive partnership as the first game of the season against Liverpool.

Everyone else made it back to Leeds fit and well and given what’s happened to other clubs, you have to take that as a win.

Leeds also get the benefit of a weekend to train ahead of the game, with the clash against Wolves set for the Monday Night Football treatment on Sky.

We’re hoping the two sides put on a show, with Bielsa’s intense pressing attacking style going up against Nuno’s counter-attacking Wolves.

New signing Raphinha will be in the squad for the first time.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Will fall to the PL’ – Phil Hay addresses fear over Wolves v Leeds fixture after +Covid-19 test


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