Nuno Espirito Santo could be without the player for the Arsenal game as well due to self-isolation rules
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Nuno Espirito Santo’s preparations for Southampton have been disrupted after a Wolves player tested positive for coronavirus.
The Wolves head coach is frustrated after the international – who Telegraph Sport are declining to name due to confidentiality – contracted Covid-19 while he was away from the squad overseas last week.
The senior player, who is now self-isolating, was tested before his return to Wolves’s training ground earlier this week and has now been ruled out of the Premier League game against Southampton on Monday night.
Due to rules on self-isolation, it is unclear at this stage whether he will also miss the game at Arsenal on November 29. The player was in the match-day squad for Wolves’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester on November 8.
It is the latest coronavirus issue to hit Nuno’s plans for the visit of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints, with captain Conor Coady facing an anxious wait to discover if he can play in the game.
Coady was forced to withdraw from England duty on November 12 and placed in quarantine after coming in contact with somebody who had tested positive for the virus.
Wolves are hopeful Conor Coady will be able to feature, however
He has not returned to training but it is understood he is still hopeful of making his 122nd consecutive league appearance for Wolves on Monday.
Yet this latest issue with another Wolves first-team player has infuriated Nuno, who has frequently revealed his frustration at the complexities of preparing a squad during the worldwide pandemic.
Earlier this month the Portuguese questioned the wisdom of playing international friendlies and has also said the time to test players and receive the results needs to be improved.
“We had a lot of players involved in national teams, some in different continents. It’s always an issue when we are facing a pandemic situation and the infection rates are increasing, and players go to different environments,” he said.
“They return and have to be tested, and we have to wait for the results, so it’s a worrying moment for everybody. It’s public that we have the situation of [Conor] Coady, so let’s hope and see.
“We have issues and we need to assess them.”
Wolves face Southampton as the lowest scorers in the Premier League for a team outside the bottom three, after only eight goals so far this season.
Raul Jimenez has scored half of those goals and Nuno has insisted other players have to start easing the pressure on the Mexico forward.
"It would be a crazy thing to think that Raul has to score in all the matches,” he said.
"Scoring a goal is the most difficult part in football. It’s not only the strikers either, goals should come from all over the team to help us. I’m positive that will come.
“Sometimes it is good, sometimes it’s not so good. All the teams in the Premier League this season are defending very well.
“We want to improve all the aspects of the game, knowing that it’s a big challenge in front of us in Southampton. We always try to raise our standards. We want to embrace this challenge as a chance to play better.”