Wolves captain Conor Coady left OUT of squad to take on Southampton to dash chance of breaking club record for consecutive league appearances despite ending his period of self-isolation
- Wolves host high-flying Southampton in the Premier League on Monday night
- However, Nuno Espirito Santo will be without one of his most experienced stars
- Conor Coady has been omitted from Wolves’ squad to take on the Saints
- Centre back Coady was recently forced to withdraw from the England squad
- He had come in contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19
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Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has made the surprise call to leave out the influential Coady despite the England defender being fit and available for selection after completing a period of self-isolation.
Coady was desperately hoping to make it 122 successive league appearances against Southampton at Molineux on Monday night and edge a step closer to Phil Parkes’ landmark of 127.
Conor Coady has not been included in Wolves’ squad to take on Southampton at Molineux
But Nuno has put sentiment to one side and made alternative plans with his gamble in dropping one of his most important players not just from his team but entire squad ending Coady’s remarkable run when the record was in touching distance.
Coady was forced to withdraw from the England squad after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to meeting up with Gareth Southgate’s side.
The 27 year-old tested negative twice himself but, in line with government guidelines, was still required to quarantine.
Coady also took steps, including continuing to train on his own until his isolation period ended on Sunday, to ensure he would be in contention for the visit of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s in-form side.
Asked about Coady in his pre-Southampton press conference last week, Nuno said: ‘I think it’s public that we have the situation of Coady, so let’s see. Let’s hope and see.
Nuno Espirito Santo made the surprise call to omit his experienced centre back from his squad
‘We’ve spoken to him, and he’s doing his individual training sessions. He’s not with the squad. Then, we’ll wait and see.
‘He is handling as much as possible the situation. No player wants to be out of the training session and not be involved in the squad.
‘For Conor, it is a big problem, but I think he is handling well the situation. We are in contact, he has his individual training sessions. But we still don’t know how it is going to be.
‘For now, he is trying to maintain his level of fitness, because he has not been involved in a training session since the first day with the England squad. We still have to wait.’
Ex-keeper Phil Parkes (left) holds a club record of 127 straight league appearances for Wolves