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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed his struggles with balancing Premier League management and the pandemic, saying his family life has been "really compromised".

The head coach is understood to have gone more than 10 weeks without seeing his family, who are based in Portugal, and is forbidden from flying out to visit them due to restrictions on air bridges.

Nuno returned to England on May 7, with his wife and three children staying in Porto, and has opened up on the impact of Covid-19 on his life away from football.

Though he has guided Wolves to sixth in the table and is preparing for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League, he has been operating against a backdrop of huge uncertainty.

In an emotional press conference ahead of Wolves' game against Crystal Palace tonight, Nuno said: "I still think we are in the middle of a big problem. It's not just affecting football, but life. Not only me, but everybody. In these situations, our freedom has been restrained in a way nobody could understand.

"I want to go back and visit my family, but I cannot. Hopefully I can see them soon, [but] I'm not sure. I still have to wait. Our freedom has been really, really compromised.

"We are all anxious to understand and see what is coming in the future. Are you not anxious to know that one day you can go back and do your job as normal?

"The world needs football, I hope it is helping, but at the same time this is not the football that everybody wants. When you go to the stadium and you have all these protocols and all these things, there is a fear, and you look on TV and see all the problems that are happening in the world, you cannot get away from that."

Wolves will equal their tally from last season if they pick up one point from their final two games, but Nuno has admitted the crisis is a distraction.

"It requires a lot of effort, this is what the Premier League and all the teams are doing," he added.

"It's very hard for a football team to prepare the way we are preparing now. Those moments when we are quarantined at our homes gives you a lot of time to think.

Wolves v Crystal Palace, Live, tonight, Sky Sports 1, 8.15pm

Irish Independent