Gary O’Neil provided an update on Joe Hodge, after Wolves lost 3-1 to Liverpool on Saturday.

Wanderers slipped to another defeat in the Premier League, letting slip a one-goal lead to the Reds.

Hwang Hee-chan gave Wolves a deserved lead early on.

And Wolves could have gone in two or three goals up at half-time.

But it was not to be, and Liverpool hit back with Wolves way worse in all aspects in the second-half.

O’Neil was relatively upbeat after the game given the way Wolves played at times. But he was not happy with how Liverpool’s second goal came about.

He also provided an update on Hodge…

Joe Hodge set for Wolves return soon as O’Neil provides update

Speaking after the game, O’Neil provided a positive update on Hodge, who suffered a hamstring injury in his first appearance of the season against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

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The international break came at a good time for him, and he will make his return to the first-team very soon.

Suggesting the player could be in contention to face Luton Town on Saturday, O’Neil said (via Express & Star): “Joe Hodge is back on the grass running and should be back with the group some point next week.”

Hodge will be hoping to return to match fitness as quickly as possible.

Even though Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho both left in the summer, he still has strong competition at Molineux, with Tommy Doyle and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde both arriving as new signings.

Joe Hodge will have to work very hard for minutes at Wolves

It was frustrating for Hodge to suffer the injury when he did.

But thankfully there was an international break so he hasn’t missed out too much.

But he must now try and build up his match fitness as best he can.

It will be difficult to do that because arguably there are four players ahead of him in the pecking order right now.

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Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina are nailed on picks for O’Neil.

Bellegarde looks a great signing already, and then there are further options in the form of Doyle and Boubacar Traore.

But Hodge is a great character, and will work his socks off to impress O’Neil.

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