Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed (h/t Tim Spiers of The Athletic) in his pre-match press conference that Wolverhampton Wanderers will welcome back Conor Coady against Arsenal on Sunday evening. Romain Saiss looks set to miss out, however.
What’s the latest on Coady?
Coady had been self-isolating after coming into contact with somebody who tested positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old tested negative for the virus but had to remain isolated until Sunday, November 22. Coady trained on his own ahead of the Southampton clash and had seemingly come to the end of his isolation spell, but he was still left out.
He’s back now, however, and should come straight back into the starting lineup. The big question is whether Nuno will name a three-man defence against Arsenal or a four-man one.
In our 1-1 draw with Southampton (November 23), we had 4-3-3 with Rayan Ait Nouri at left-back, Max Kilman and Willy Boly at centre-back and Nelson Semedo at right-back. Coady’s return will either see one of Kilman or Boly dropped or a forward sacrificed.
What’s the latest on Saiss?
As per Matt Maher of the Express and Star, Saiss tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in November and was forced to self-isolate. The 30-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions this season, last featuring in our 1-1 draw with Newcastle United (October 25), but he had made the matchday squad in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace (October 30) and 1-0 defeat to Leicester City (November 8).
Saiss was left out of the Southampton draw after testing positive, so it may be another week before we see him back out on the pitch. That being said, he likely wouldn’t have started against Arsenal anyway, so all Nuno has lost is a player for the bench.
We’re currently 11th in the Premier League with 14 points from nine games, having lost only one of our last six, so we’re not in the worst shape ahead of Sunday night’s meeting. Arsenal are three places and one point worse off in the table than us, so there’s every chance we can get a result at the Emirates Stadium.