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Wolves: Bruno Lage faces ‘massive’ defensive headache

Wolves: Bruno Lage faces ‘massive’ defensive headache -Wolves News

Wolves have been dealt a major blow ahead of their clash with Watford after injuries to two of their right wing-back options, says insider Dean Jones

The lowdown

Wolves host Watford on Thursday night looking to halt a three-match losing run.

They’ve been without Nelson Semedo since their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal on 24 February (the first game in that sequence).

Semedo won’t be back until the middle of April after picking up a thigh injury.

Ki-Jana Hoever deputised, only to then suffer an an injury himself in the first half of Saturday’s loss against Crystal Palace.

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Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones said that Lage simply couldn’t have accounted for this set of circumstances.

And he thinks the RWB role is key in the Portuguese’s set-up.

“It’s a massive problem,” he said. “It’s a position that offers so much to this Wolves system and he wouldn’t have seen it coming.”

The verdict

You could question whether Hoever would have started even if he’d overcome the issue.

Lage ripped into the youngster after the game at Molineux, suggesting that he expected to be a regular starter without putting in the requisite work.

And The Express and Star’s Liam Keen noted that he ‘struggled’ up against Wilfried Zaha in the brief time he was on the pitch.

Lage has confirmed that Jonny Castro Otto will make his first start of the season versus Watford, and he thankfully does have 55 games’ worth of experience playing on the right side of the defence.

In other news, Jones is confused by this Jimenez situation

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