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Why Joao Moutinho is absent from Wolves' squad today

Wolverhampton Wanderers face Burnley in the Premier League today, and Nuno Espirito Santo has named his starting XI.

The manager appears to be sticking with the five-at-the-back formation, with Nelson Semedo, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Romain Saiss and Rayan Ait-Nouri protecting Rui Patricio.

In the midfield, Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker are paired together, with the former returning to the XI following a period of self-isolation after a positive Covid test.

Supporters looking at the matchday squad will notice that there is no Joao Moutinho today.

According to journalist Tim Spiers, the 34-year-old suffered an ankle injury in training on Friday.

And Nuno Espirito Santo has said before the game (via Spiers): “Ruben tested on Friday and had the clearance that afternoon. Unfortunately Joao has a small injury and cannot play.”

Despite generally not having the best of seasons, Moutinho has remained a highly valued member of the squad, with Nuno having handed him 32 appearances so far this season – most of those coming as a starter.

Hopefully, the returning Neves is in good condition and will be adequate cover for his fellow countryman.

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