Wolves star Diogo Jota hungry for football's return
Wolves striker Diogo Jota insists becoming a virtual football champion during lockdown has made him hungrier for the real thing to return.
The 23-year-old Portuguese provided some joy for Wolves fans recently when he defeated Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold on video game Fifa 20, winning the ePremier League Invitational.
Now, he is keen to remind everyone of his prowess on a proper pitch.
"We could see what it meant to the people watching us play in the ePremier League because they miss football and for us it's even harder because we were the ones who were actually playing," Jota told Sky Sports.
"I can't even remember the last time I passed a ball to anyone, so I'm really looking forward to doing that.
"But training with my team-mates will be the first feeling that things are going back to normal. Playing a match again is something I am really looking forward to."
Although it will be 'very strange', Jota is ready to play games behind closed doors – after doing so in the Europa League at Greek club Olympiacos just before football was suspended.
"I remember that game. Playing a Europa League game behind closed doors was very strange," said Jota.
"No one wanted that but we are out of action now for such a long time that we understand that when we begin again it needs to be behind closed doors to avoid social contact. And although it's strange, it's better than not playing at all."
Fellow Wolves star Matt Doherty is also raring to get back as he told The Sun: "If the Premier League and the doctors say it’s safe to come back, then I trust them.
“It’s getting to the point now when you would almost take a bit of a risk just to get back playing, because you miss it that much.
“We’ll obviously follow the guidelines and do what we have to do. But if they say it’s OK, then I’ll believe them and I’ll be ready to return to playing."