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Wolverhampton Wanderers' squad for their trip to China comprises of just 12 recognised first-teamers in what is a concerning predicament for Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Molineux outfit are heading to the Far East to take part in the Premier League Asia trophy alongside Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham between July 17 and July 20.
But their actual season will start in just under a fortnight when they start their Europa League campaign in the second round and preparations for the Premier League aren't exactly ideal.
For starters they are yet to make any new additions in the transfer market, while both Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa have been offloaded to Championship clubs Fulham and Leeds.
A sizeable chunk of Espirito Santo's team are being given extra time off for various international commitments after many took part in the UEFA Nations League, Copa America, Gold Cup, Africa Cup Of Nations and European Under 21 Championship.
Star striker Raul Jimenez, who banged in 17 goals in all competitions for Wolves last season, is one of those being afforded more time to recover in his second season in England.
"It would be a big mistake in our opinion to force him and not give him enough time to rest," the Portuguese boss said, as per Birmingham Mail.
"I think it is important for him. Raul will not go to China. But we gave the same programme to every player - after their national team finished, they have two weeks."
Wolves, who secured European football after finishing seventh last term, will take on either Crusaders or B36 Torshavn at Molineux on July 25 in their first competitive fixture of the campaign.
With just four weeks until the Premier League is back and the transfer window shuts, is there cause for concern at Wolves?
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