Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refuses to rest his key stars for Espanyol trip despite winning first leg of Europa League tie 4-0

Nuno Espirito Santo has rejected the chance to give his Wolves stars a breather for their Europa League second leg with Espanyol – even though they are 4-0 up from the first leg.

Wolves are believed to be taking a full-strength squad to Barcelona, with only Spanish wide player Jonny left behind after leaving Molineux in a protective boot following last Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich.

Even though Wolves boss Nuno may juggle his starting XI, it is still a slight surprise that he has not left any key men behind.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refuses to rest his key stars for Espanyol trip

Nuno Espirito Santo rejected the chance to give his Wolves stars a breather against Espanyol

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refuses to rest his key stars for Espanyol trip

This is despite Wolves drubbing the La Liga side 4-0 at Molineux in the first leg last week

Yet Raúl Jimenez, Conor Coady, Joao Moutinho, Adama Traore and Diogo Jota were all expected to travel.

This will be Wolves’ 45th competitive game of a season that started last July against Northern Irish club Crusaders, in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Manchester City’s possible two-year ban from the Champions League means fifth place in the Premier League may be good enough to earn a spot in Europe’s main club competition next season.

Wolves also have another vital game in the race for Champions League places just three days after this one – at Tottenham on Sunday.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refuses to rest his key stars for Espanyol trip

Wolves are now 8th in the Premier League and beat Norwich City 3-0 at Molineux on Sunday

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