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‘I’m very worried’ – Wolves boss Nuno reveals concerns over international break

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo hit out at the international schedule and admitted he feared for his players’ safety.

The manager was unhappy ahead of the international break, despite Pedro Neto’s first goal of the season sealing a 1-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Wolves lacked their usual relentless rhythm but had enough to see off a Fulham side still waiting for their first point of the season.

They now have 16 players going on international duty, including captain Conor Coady linking up with England, and Nuno is concerned about the impact that will have amid the coronavirus pandemic and a hectic start to the season.

He said: “Of course I’m worried, a lot. I’m very worried.

“First, because we’re always worried when they go, players are there but you don’t have the authority to determine anything. Then there’s the pandemic situation.

“I’m not the only manager speaking about this. Afterwards we have to test and then there’s a question mark with the results of the tests. Sometimes it’s only hours away from the game.

“The schedule of the national team was not the right one. We are even concerned with the protocols the players are going to have.

“They are going to a different environment. When players go to national teams with two or three days of preparation they have to play.

“We are starting the season but we have disruption again, they stay for 10 days, some playing friendlies and we don’t know how they are going to return.

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