Posted: 3:50 PM GMT, Jan. November 2020 | Updated: 3:50 PM GMT, Jan. November 2020

Nuno Espirito Santo says the current fixture list is a “big problem” – but continues to claim that the anticipated introduction of five substitutes is not the way to address the problem

The Wolf Chief has barely begun preparing his squad for the Premier League clash with Southampton on Monday after his players returned from international service and associated coronavirus protocols

But despite the incessant timetable that is taking its toll and this week’s news that the EFL is set to increase replacement rates, Nuno refuses to move on his conviction that the top flight should not follow suit

Nuno Espirito Santo has rated the ‘tough’ Premier League fixture list but plans to bypass it

The Wolf Boss (right) claims that increasing to five substitutions is not the way to go

He said, ‘It is always a delicate moment when you return after the break and this shows us that there is a big problem with planning fixtures – all of these things are discussed and can be improved

‘The calendar is tough for everyone.We always work our way down the details and know that every aspect matters – it’s about making your time with the players as useful as possible

‘It is clear that the fixture list and schedule is our biggest concern – it’s not about the substitutes, it’s about the schedule and this is the problem solved

‘I don’t see a direct situation with the substitutes if a player is having problems it is best not to play them and that way you can protect them so it has to be with rotation, not substitution’

Defender Conor Coady could see his unbroken run of 121 straight league games came to an end after he was forced to leave the English squad and self-isolate

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