Wolves are set to be without Matt Doherty, Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss for tonight’s Europa League clash with Crusaders. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men host Crusaders at Molineux in the Europa League second-round qualifying – the first time in 39 years the club has played in European competition.
Wolves are set to be without Doherty, who remains sidelined with a knee injury he suffered earlier this month, while Jimenez and Saiss are unlikely to feature. Striker Jimenez and midfielder Saiss are back in training after returning on Monday following their international duties.
Jimenez won the Gold Cup with Mexico while Saiss helped Morocco to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations. “They haven’t had the same period of rest as the others and we have to manage them but they are ready in case we decide. They are fit and healthy,” said Nuno.
Belfast-based Crusaders finished fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership last season but reached the Europa League by winning the Irish Cup. Nuno added: “Things are going well and we are inside what we expect. We are ready to do it. We go game-by-game, the next game is the Europa League qualifier and that’s the most important one.”