Wolves defender Nelson Semedo could potentially miss up to two months of action with a hamstring injury, reports the reliable John Percy.
The Lowdown: Semedo a key man for Wolves
The Portuguese ace has enjoyed a good season for a flourishing Wanderers defence, making 23 starts in the Premier League in total.
Semedo has been predominantly used in a right wing-back role by Bruno Lage, chipping in with one assist and providing pace and width down the right flank.
As Wolves prepare to host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, however, a big injury blow has emerged.
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The Latest: Defender suffers injury blow
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Percy confirmed that Semedo would be out of action for between four and eight weeks with a hamstring issue:
“Wolves defender Nelson Semedo set to be out for 4-8 weeks with a hamstring injury. Earliest return could be in April after the international break, following scans this week. Portugal international has started 23 of Wolves’ 26 PL games this season. Big blow for Bruno Lage.”
The Verdict: Chance for Hoever to shine?
This is a major blow for Lage in his side’s quest to finish in the European places this season, with Semedo’s quality and experience an important part of Wolves’ success since August.
It means youngster Ki-Jana Hoever could now be trusted with filling the void left by his teammate, having made three league starts to date in 2021/22 and fan favourite Jonny Otto not quite fit enough to be a regular fixture in the team yet.
At 20, the Dutchman’s lack of experience could be a problem, but he arrived as a prodigiously gifted signing from Liverpool, having been described as ‘sensational’ by Jurgen Klopp, so this is a wonderful chance for him to finally prove his worth to the fans.
In other news, Tim Spiers has reacted to a key Wolves update regarding one player. Read more here.
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