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Matt Doherty says Wolves can fight on two fronts

Matt Doherty says Wolves can handle fighting on two fronts this season as they aim to repeat their 2018/19 heroics.


If Nuno Espirito Santo's team qualify for the Europa League group stages they'll have played 12 games in Europe this side of Christmas.

But right wing-back Doherty says it won't be a problem to cope with the extra workload.

"I think we can do great on both fronts," he told TalkSport.

"I think we can handle it just because of the quality of player that we have.

"They'll just be able to adapt. Some of the players are used to playing in Europe, I don't think it'll be a problem

"And the way our injuries have been in the past couple of years, we've not had many at all. I think we'll be fine if we bring a few players in.

"Our goal will probably be to do what we did last season and better it if we can."

Doherty enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season, regularly providing goals and assists from the right flank.

He said it was a 'dream' campaign – and praised Nuno for 'invigorating' the Wolves players before matches.

"Last season for me, everything just clicked," he added.

"I'm probably the fittest I've ever been, which helps, especially with the level of the league.

"It was kind of a dream season for me.

"(Right wing-back) is perfect for me because I get to go forward and defend but not quite in the same way as you might in a 4-4-2.

"The manager, he's the type that you leave a meeting and you're looking at the lads thinking what a chat that was, he invigorates you and you can't wait to play the game.

"When he speaks you listen and you have respect for him because the results he's got us has worked. He makes you want to play and put everything you can into a game and win a game for him."

Doherty has been sidelined for almost three weeks with a knee injury.

The Irishman gave an update on his fitness, saying: "I'm not back for another week or so, 10 days.

"I did it in the first few days, I went past somebody and I just fell over and my knee hit the ground too hard and did a little bit of damage.

"I should be back at the end of this week, start of next week.

"Looking at the lads, we're kind of in pre-season mode a little bit, the level of opposition isn't the highest, no disrespect to Crusaders.

"You're still doing things as you might normally.

"It's just a bit harder than it would be in a normal pre-season. Other than that it's not been that much different."

Wolves' only new signing this summer is Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo on loan, with AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone set to join soon.

Doherty said of Wolves' current squad size: "I think we probably need a couple more bodies to help the squad

"We only used 19 players last season and we're going to hopefully have more games if we progress to the group stages of the Europa League."