Wolves to train as normal - for now

Wolves intend to carry on training as normal for now – as football’s governing bodies prepare to discuss plans for the rest of the season.

Wolves intend to carry on training as normal for now (AMA)
Wolves intend to carry on training as normal for now (AMA)

The club has ordered all administrative staff to work from home, while Molineux has also been closed for the health and welfare of staff and supporters during the coronavirus pandemic.

But Nuno Espirito Santo and his squad are set to continue training at Compton Park as they await further developments following last week’s suspension of the Premier League season.

Villa are also expected to train at Bodymoor Heath, with Dean Smith having decided to bring in a schedule similar to that used during an international break.

A series of meetings will this week determine the sport’s next steps, with UEFA expected to formally postpone Euro 2020 when they hold a teleconference involving all 55 member countries and stakeholders tomorrow.

The situation surrounding the Europa League will also be discussed, with Wolves currently at the midway point of a last-16 tie against Olympiacos.

A meeting of the EFL is then scheduled for Wednesday, with Premier League clubs due to meet on Thursday.

As things stand all fixtures have been postponed until the first weekend in April, though there is an acceptance leagues will likely have to be placed on hold for considerably longer, with the peak of the virus in the UK not expected for several weeks.

Wolves have promised all staff affected by the closure of Molineux they will continue to be paid in full. The ground, including the megastore, ticket office, museum and conference facilities, will remain closed until the first weekend in April.

In a statement issued over the weekend, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi vowed to take all measures possible to protect players, staff and supporters, while revealing Fosun, the club’s ownership group, had been in touch with the club and Wolverhampton City Council to offer support.

Shi also warned fans not to underestimate the threat of the virus, in what he described as a time of great adversity for the entire world.

He wrote: “I appeal to our supporters to follow our lead, and to stay as safe as possible during what will no doubt be a very testing time.

“Please don’t underestimate the threat of this virus, to you or those around you, and employ best practice to limit the spread, including good hygiene and proper social distancing, which are both key.”

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