Toti Gomes’ gesture after scoring against Levante today was a show of support for his injured friend Chiquinho.
The defender was on target for Wolves in their second pre-season friendly of their trip to Alicante.
Wanderers have won 4-0 last night against Deportivo Alaves, and were straight back in action this morning against another team that were relegated from La Liga at the end of 2021/22.
Wolves lost 2-1, and the first-half was very ill-tempered.
Levante’s players were overly physical for a game of this kind, and the Wolves players were understandably upset by some of the challenges that were going in.
Just before half-time, a mass brawl ensued after Yerson Mosquera was challenged heavily by the touchline.
Mosquera and Enis Bardhi were both dismissed.
Then, Daniel Podence was involved in an incident, and the winger received his marching orders.
The second-half was much calmer, although there were still some cynical fouls.
Wolves best moment in the game came when Toti rose high to head home a Connor Ronan corner.
He then gestured over towards one of Wolves’ camera operators.
Toti was forming a ‘C’ gesture, and the player has taken to Instagram to confirm that it was a show of support for Chiquinho.
Chiquinho had written ‘pictures that are worth a thousand words. Thank you my brother’, with Toti responding ‘for you always brother’.
Wolves’ official Twitter account has also shared the image echoing Toti’s sentiments.
The winger is out of action for months after sustaining an ACL injury in the game against Burnley just days before Wolves flew out to Spain.
He’s had surgery, and will now begin a lengthy rehabilitation programme.
A nice gesture from Toti as Chiquinho prepares for lengthy period out
Clearly Toti and Chiquinho are very good friends.
The pair both previously played for Estoril, and Toti was the first player to greet Chiquinho when he was making his move to the club back in January.
So it’s fair to say they are quite close.
Hopefully, Chiquinho is able to bounce back from his serious injury.
It is a huge shame for him and Wolves, given how promising he had looked when making cameos in 2021/22.