Wolves captain Conor Coady has come out and applauded the fans in the build-up to Thursday’s match against Besiktas, and he may also have dropped a hint to how the team will line up.
Despite insisting on how big of a game it is and how all players want to play in the match, he crucially added that “it is important we recover”, which could allude to the possibility of many key players being rested with a hectic and important Premier League schedule up and coming.
Wanderers have confirmed their place in the final 32 of the Europa League, however, three points could mean that they go through their group as the top seed if Braga slip up in Bratislava.
Speaking to the Express and Star, the skipper said: “It is a big game, any European game at Molineux is huge, we all want to play in it.
“We will respect whatever (team) the boss goes with because what he says is usually right.
“It is important we recover and play right.”
The team are currently enduring on a nice little spot of warm weather in Marbella on a training camp to try and give themselves a “refresh” before a long set of fixtures over the Christmas break.
With a really tough set of fixtures coming up, Coady took a bit of time to thank the fans for what they have done for this so far this season, saying that it has an impact for the team.
“They are amazing for us and push us on. We saw that on Sunday.”, he added.
“It is amazing what they do and the amount of places they go (to support us).
“We just want to keep on playing well for them.”
With Besiktas now out of the competition and facing a similarly-packed set of fixtures over the next few weeks, it is widely considered that they are going to be resting some of their best players in their trip to England.
With that in mind, Nuno Espirito Santo is also expected to be making a fair few changes to ensure that players are fit for the upcoming set of matches, according to Rosie Swarbrick at the Express and Star.
Should Wolves rest players for Thursday's game?
Considering that three of the next four games in the league are against Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool, the club need all of their key players fit and ready to try and make sure that they keep up their great form in the league.
Players such as Conor Coady, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Rui Patricio and Raul Jimenez have played in every Premier League and Europa League game this season (21 matches), so some of them could be due a well-earned rest.