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Lage confirms Trincao absence v Villa

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has offered a fitness update ahead of the Midlands derby against Aston Villa.

Lage says he picked up no new injury problems during the international break.

The only new absentee is Francisco Trincao, who had to withdraw from the Portugal squad with Covid.

He was only a late call-up himself, but had to pull out within days.

Trincao has apparently started training at home over the last two or three days.

His recovery is well underway but he will not be ready to face Dean Smith’s side at Villa Park.

Trincao started Wolves’ last game, the 2-1 win over Newcastle, but now Lage must find a replacement.

The most obvious candidate is Adama Traore, who would be coming up against his former club if he gets the nod.

A combination of Traore, Hwang Hee-Chan and Raul Jimenez could be mouth-watering if fielded together.

That said, Lage has a decision to make about Jimenez, who has a tight turnaround after Mexico duty.