Wolves played out a 0-0 draw with Norwich City this weekend – and Daniel Podence strengthened his case to be a regular starter without even playing.
The winger’s name was notably missing as the team news filtered through at 2pm on Saturday.
Instead, Francisco Trincao came back into the starting lineup. And Podence was not even named on the bench.
People instantly assumed there was an injury.
But Bruno Lage confirmed that the 26-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19.
That was a big blow for the player, who really shone against West Ham United and more than likely would have started against the Canaries.
In his absence, Wolves were really poor at Carrow Road.
The team defended fairly well again, but there was no spark in the final third.
Trincao wasted his opportunity, and Adama Traore also again struggled to make impact when he came on in the second-half.
Podence strengthened case to start for Wolves
Podence couldn’t kick a ball this weekend, but has probably emerged as a big winner for Wolves.
Trincao and Traore both underwhelmed against Norwich. The team lacked fluidity and creativity.
Surely Podence is now in pole position to be taking up that right wing position.
He likely won’t be available against Burnley on Wednesday given the recency of his Covid test.
So it’s one last chance for Trincao or Traore to shine. Failure to do so for either will surely see Podence in from the start against Liverpool.