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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