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Wolves receive positive injury update


Wolves manager Bruno Lage has confirmed that he has no new injuries to deal with ahead of their Premier League meeting with Southampton this afternoon.

What’s the latest?

The West Midlands side have a fresh bill of health going into their game at Molineux against the Saints, with Pedro Neto (knee), Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Jonny Otto (knee), Hwang Hee-Chan (thigh) and Romain Saiss (AFCON) still the only players unavailable.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, the Portuguese said: “For now, nothing new. We have the same players as the last game.

“Saiss is doing very well this season, him with Coady and Max are doing very well, not just defending but helping the team win points because they are also a threat at set pieces.

“He’s an important player but I think we also have solutions in our squad to replace him. I’m confident that Marcal and Leander can play there, and we continue to be solid.”

Lage’s team have enjoyed a 100% start to 2022, winning 1-0 at Manchester United in the league as well as a 3-0 victory at home to Championship outfit Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup.

The FA Cup victory was the first game after defender Saiss’ departure for the Africa Cup on Nations to compete with his native Morocco, which saw usual left-back Marçal come in as the left-sided centre-back of a back three in what was almost a full-strength lineup.

As mentioned in his press conference, Lage also has the option of deploying Leander Dendoncker at centre-back alongside Max Kilman and Conor Coady.

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Fans will be buzzing

After a strong first half of the campaign, it is vital that Wolves maintain their good form if their ambition of finishing in a European place at the end of the season is serious.

Ahead of their meeting with the Saints, the Golden Boys sit ninth with a game in hand on eighth-placed Brighton and are just five points off of the top-six.

The West Midlands side have put themselves in a fantastic position and have a platform to build from going into the second half of the season.

However, it is absolutely vital that they have as many of their regulars available for as long as possible, therefore, a clean bill of health going into a game they will fancy themselves in is a major boost.

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