Wolves may be able to call on Ruben Neves this weekend for the game against Brighton (via Shropshire Star).
The midfielder has been back on the grass at Compton Park, and Bruno Lage said that he was due to resume full training this week.
The player is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from an MCL injury he picked up against Leeds United.
Initially, the club had informed supporters they hoped Neves would be back playing again in May.
There was no specific return date, which potentially meant he’d miss most of Wolves’ final games.
But it looks as though Neves is now going to be back sooner rather than later.
Apparently, he is in contention for this Saturday’s clash with Brighton.
If he comes through full training unscathed this week then it’s possible we could see him against the Seagulls.
Failing that, there is seemingly a great chance now that he will be ready to face Chelsea on May 7.
Neves has missed the last three games for Wolves, and his absence has certainly been felt.
Wanderers were able to beat Aston Villa 2-1, but the club have since slipped to 1-0 defeats against Newcastle United and Burnley.
Those two games have really dented Wolves’ hopes of securing European football. But there remains an outside chance of that with five games left to play.
That said, Wolves still have to face the top three teams in the Premier League after Brighton.
Ruben Neves return from injury crucial for Wolves, as Brighton clash looms
Wolves having Neves back to face Brighton would be an absolutely huge boost.
The last two games have been hugely frustrating, and arguably Joao Moutinho’s level has dipped a little in the absence of his compatriot.
If Wolves are to stand any chance of picking up enough points to seal European football, they need Neves back fit and in form.
It’s possible that his momentum will have been disrupted by his injury.
But it will still be huge for Wolves when he gets back out there.