The date for Wolves’ EFL Cup meeting with Nottingham Forest has been confirmed.
Bruno Lage’s men will make the trip to the City Ground on Tuesday 24 August.
But that’s just two days after Lage’s first home game in charge, against Tottenham at Molineux.
Why do Wolves face the prospect of playing two games in three days?
A statement on the club website said: “A delay in announcing the fixture date was due to Wolves pushing for a fixture later in the week, due to Bruno Lage’s side competing in the Premier League just over 48 hours previously.
“Appeals to play the fixture on Wednesday 25th were rejected due to a clash with the T20 contest between Notts Outlaws and Hampshire Hawks taking place at nearby Trent Bridge, with further alternatives also dismissed by the EFL.”
Some Wolves fans took to Twitter to have their say. They’re now expecting a fully rotated side – if that wasn’t the plan already.
The game against Tottenham has been moved to Sunday even without being televised because Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are in Europa Conference League action on the Thursday night.
Here’s how the announcement went down, as it impacts Wolves’ hopes in one of the two domestic competitions they’ve got a realistic chance of winning this season:
Surely we should deny Spurs game being Sunday and demand it Saturday instead?— J Little (@jaylittle84) August 16, 2021
How come it was denied?? Thought once u played Sunday u could automatically move the Tuesday game back 24 hours!!— Paul Read (@wolfiereedy73) August 16, 2021
Big 6 team and it gets played on the Wednesday or a later date. Why not play it on the Thursday— adam (@Lizard_adam) August 16, 2021
Neither fully sold out and even so , can't we deal with it? Hardly crisis— Hairbear🇫🇷🇧🇪🇵🇹🇪🇸🇲🇽🇲🇦🇬🇧🇨🇴 (@hairbear67) August 16, 2021
Couldn't care less; don't play Ruddy and give the kids some gametime. Man City are only gonna win it for the fifth year running anyway – we don't have the depth to compete in three tournaments— Tony Wilde 🇮🇪🐺 (@TonyWilde99) August 16, 2021
Move the cricket or play at Molineux!— Ste B (@steviebee7) August 16, 2021
Seeing as he played basically the same squad twice in two days a few weeks ago I reckon Bruno doesn’t really buy into sports science all that much.— Toby (@TobyMarshall__) August 16, 2021
We better sign some more players so Bruno isn’t forced to play a team of kids with such a short turn around…— James Barnett (@JamesBarnett1) August 16, 2021
The way Forest am playing, I can see our U23's beating them anyway— Jamie (@Jamie71354398) August 16, 2021
Good old EFL again— Dan Sammons (@TheDanSammons) August 16, 2021
I'm sure we would have played a reserve team anyway.— Stuart Mole (@southdownswolf) August 16, 2021
Gutted! Fully anticipated it to be on the Wednesday which I could have made but can’t do the Tuesday 🙁— RB (@RK13REF) August 16, 2021
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