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Jota insists Wolves players have all they need to cope through crisis

Diogo Jota insists Wolves players have all they need to cope during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus.

Like all professional clubs, Wolves have shut down, with Molineux and the training ground closed for several weeks under the government’s guidelines.

Players have been given individual training plans to keep fit while football worldwide remains on hold after FIFA’s announcement on Sunday that the suspension of the game is indefinite.

Several Wolves players have posted pictures and videos of themselves working out at home, including Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Leonardo Campana, who is now recovered after suffering from the coronavirus.

Jota said the club has assisted in every way possible, while players and all staff continue to be paid in full, with no immediate plans to furlough employees.

“The club has helped us in everything,” said Jota. “In fact, it has been essential.

“Whoever stayed here, the club managed to find a basket with all kinds of food, so we don’t have to go shopping.

“And in the medical area, we were given a kit with everything we need. I’m talking about masks, hand sanitiser and everything.

“The club does everything in their power so that we don’t miss anything. And the coaching staff drew up a plan for this first stage, which is said to last until the end of April, but from the looks of it, it will last beyond that.

“We have an individual work plan, with the idea of being as close to our best shape as possible. Basically, we have everything we need.”

Jota is concerned for family and friends back home in Portugal. But he admitted he might be safer by remaining in England – because he is less tempted to go out here than his home country.

“I know if I was in Portugal it might be even more difficult to manage, as I was closer to them and the temptation to have social contacts was greater,” said the 23-year-old.

“Being here, that is harder to happen, and, as much as it costs us, this is what we must do.

“I obviously hope my family does not receive bad news. And I try to pass on to them all the messages I get from the club – to avoid leaving home, unless it is extremely necessary.

“The goal is for all of us to be together again once this situation ends.”