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Lopetegui Concern Over £50k-p/w Star Revealed

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Journalist Liam Eager has revealed a Wolves concern over the supply of Ruben Neves, as he’s not totally match and susceptible to suspension amid their relegation struggle.

What is going on on with Neves and Wolves?

The Portugal worldwide has been a standout participant for Julen Lopetegui’s aspect this season, scoring 5 occasions as Wolves purpose to surivive the drop.

Nevertheless, they may lose their captain forward of a vital few weeks as he struggles with a calf knock that’s being fastidiously managed. He has been withdrawn in every of his aspect’s final two video games, having performed the total 90 minutes in each earlier league begin this season.


He has additionally accrued 9 yellow playing cards this season, and yet one more will see him decide up a two-match suspension.

Talking on the Categorical and Star podcast, Eager bemoaned the state of affairs, which implies Wolves both must gamble on the supply of their talisman or purposefully relaxation him in essential matches.

He stated: “I believe Neves is troublesome. I believe they in all probability try to save lots of him, however you possibly can’t try this for the subsequent 4 video games, you possibly can’t take him off each single sport.

“On the identical time, Lopetegui has stated that he was on the limits with a calf harm they usually’ve been managing it, so it is a troublesome one.

“If they’re making an attempt to save lots of him for video games, I do not suppose you are able to do that, I believe it’s important to simply play him and hope that he will get by way of.

“In fact, he did it final season the place he received by way of eight video games with no reserving, so it is one thing he is able to doing, albeit it is troublesome.”

Who might Wolves play in his absence?

Rio Ferdinand as soon as referred to Neves as “incredible”, and he will probably be troublesome to exchange if he picks up an harm or a suspension.

The £50k-per-week captain has missed only one sport this season, which was the 3-0 defeat by the hands of Chelsea, and Wolves will probably be desperate to keep away from the same catastrophe ought to they must play with out him.

One choice might be to convey Matheus Nunes again into the beginning XI. The summer season signing has been benched for the final two video games, and will return having been made accessible after the membership received their attraction towards a three-match ban for the midfielder.

Joao Moutinho and Joao Gomes might are available alongside Nunes to fill the three-man midfield, and this might be a style of what’s to return subsequent season. With one yr left on his deal, Neves seems to be more likely to depart the membership because it stands, and Lopetegui might trial his inside options in his absence now earlier than turning to the switch market.

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