Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan suffered a suspected back injury during the 1-0 win away to Everton over the weekend, according to a hint from his manager.
The Lowdown: Hwang injured in Wolves win
Bruno Lage’s team battled their way to a deserved victory at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon as they jumped to seventh place in the Premier League table.
The match was decided by Conor Coady’s well-taken header in the second half, with Wolves continuing to bounce back from a disappointing run of form in recent weeks.
Hwang was injured early in the match, though, being forced to leave the field with just 16 minutes on the clock as he was replaced by Daniel Podence.
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The Latest: Lage hints at potential back injury for Hwang
As per The Express & Star, Lage believes that Hwang may have suffered a back injury, with the 25-year-old potentially facing a spell on the sidelines.
The report stated: ‘Hwang Hee-chan came off after 20 minutes with an injury and although Lage could not confirm his condition, he hinted that it may be a back issue.’
The Verdict: Neto’s chance to shine?
Hwang’s injury is an undoubted blow for Wolves at an important point in the season. Indeed, Lage hailed the South Korean as a ‘top player’ earlier in the campaign, having scored five league goals in 2021/22 thus far.
If there is a silver lining from that body blow, it may allow Pedro Neto a more prolonged spell back in the team on the left flank, having only started one game since returning from a long injury layoff.
The 22-year-old will be desperate to make his mark after such a prolonged spell out of the team, possibly beginning with the home clash against Leeds United on Friday night, should Lage feel that he is ready to fill the void left by Hwang’s injury.
In other news, Tim Spiers has hailed one ‘outstanding’ Wolves player against Everton. Read more here.
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