Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
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Lage gives Moutinho update and explains why he didn't bring on Hwang against Arsenal

Bruno Lage has revealed he is unsure how long he will be without Joao Moutinho, after the midfielder didn’t make the matchday squad for last night’s game with Arsenal.

Wanderers lost 1-0 against the Gunners, with Gabriel scoring the game’s only goal.

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It was a frustrating display from Wolves in the sense that, there was a real lack of cutting edge again.

Wolves were good in possession, but when it came to fashioning actual good quality chances, the team were really disappointing.

Arguably, Wolves really missed Moutinho’s tenacity and technical quality.

Wolves fans expressed their concern about the game when they saw he was not in the matchday squad.

After the game, Lage spoke about the 35-year-old.

He said (quoted by Tim Spiers): “Let’s see how he goes in the next couple of days.”

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Someone who was in Wolves’ matchday squad was Hwang Hee-chan.

The South Korea international returned to the bench after recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained against Brighton in December.

With Wolves searching for an equaliser, some felt Hwang was surely a player Lage was going to turn to.

But (via Spiers) Lage said after the game that the 26-year-old had actually suffered a back spasm before the game, rendering him unable to feature.

Wolves missed Joao Moutinho badly against Arsenal

Wolves fans were right to be worried about Moutinho’s absence ahead of the game last night.

He’s been fantastic in recent weeks for Wolves, and a great partner for Ruben Neves.

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Leander Dendoncker again struggled to have any kind of real impact on the game.

Hopefully he isn’t out for too long. The Wolves owners will face some fierce criticism if he is, following the club’s quiet January transfer window.