Coronavirus: Wolves captain Conor Coady reveals concern for family's health but 'ready to go' against Olympiakos

The Premier League side's appeal to have Thursday's last-16 first leg in Greece called off was rejected by European football's governing body

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Wolves captain Conor Coady revealed he is worried about his family’s health ahead of the club’s trip to Olympiakos.

The defender has concerns after Wolves failed to get their Europa League tie in Athens postponed by Uefa, despite the governing body calling off  matches between Inter Milan and Getafe and Sevilla and Roma due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for coronavirus, prompting Wolves to asked Uefa to call their game off.

That appeal was rejected while Olympiakos’ squad have all tested negative for the virus.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side must play the last-16 tie but Coady conceded he has reservations.

“That’s the thing really. You go home to your wives and kids after the game so that’s the priority,” he said.

“We need to make sure it’s right when we’re going home but yeah, we read everything, we see everything.

“We’ve seen the game postponed tonight between Manchester City and Arsenal but as players there’s not a lot we can do. All we can do is train, prepare and listen to our manager ...

“We’re ready to play. We’ve looked at it and a lot of people have spoken, we’ve read a lot of things and seen a lot of things but listen, we’re professional footballers.

“We’ve got to prepare to get ready to play a game which is a really important game for this football club.

“People have had a lot to say, we’ve read a lot of things in the press and whether it’s right or wrong, we’re professionals and we’re ready to go and compete as much as we can.”

The game at the Karaiskakis Stadium was already being played behind closed doors after a Uefa ruling.

Nuno had earlier underlined his opposition to the game but insisted his squad must remain professional as they aim for a first-leg lead.

He said: “It’s not what we wanted, we want to compete in a normal environment with a tough crowd that Olympiakos has, this is the way we love to compete, but the circumstances are that and it’s up to us to focus and compete well in the game.

“It’s totally different, totally different. Having no people in the stands, it’s closed, and I think I’ve already made my point.

“It doesn’t make sense to play behind closed doors, but it’s reality and we have to prepare ourselves.”

Only Jonny and Morgan Gibbs-White have not travelled as they nurse ankle injuries.

Marinakis had also been in England just under two weeks ago to see Olympiakos shock Arsenal by knocking them out of the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s game against Manchester City last night was postponed after players and four staff were isolated at their homes after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club.

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