Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy says the squad have ‘renewed energy’ following the international break.

The Express and Star write that the matches come thick fast over the next few weeks, with the club scheduled to play six times in the month of December.

Wolves’ next two fixtures are against struggling sides Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, before taking on Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur next month.

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Ruddy is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, despite playing such a key role in last year’s promotion from the Championship.

Summer-signing Rui Patricio, who has 77 Portugal caps to his name, has instead been preferred by manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

However, the ex-Norwich City stopper has urged his teammates to not get downbeat following a run of four matches without a victory and to keep pushing forward as one.

He said:

We’ve got renewed energy going into the next batch of fixtures now, up to Christmas and the New Year. We’ve only got a small squad but I think everyone is pulling in the right direction. As soon as that happens, as soon as people realise you have to keep fighting, keep working and keep encouraging and making other people better as you go along, then it helps us all.

We’ve got two big fixtures coming up, we look forward to those two and if we can take what we did against Arsenal into those two games then we should be fine

As a club, the season has gone really well. We hit a poor patch of form recently in terms of one point in four games, but we had a fantastic performance at Arsenal and deserved to win.

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