Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa - Premier League
Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Bruno Lage hails Wolves star Jonny Castro Otto after smooth return from injury

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has hailed Jonny Castro Otto for the way he has returned to form for Wolves after his injury.

The Spaniard made his comeback from a second serious knee injury in February.

Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

The 28-year-old looked a little rusty in his first few outings, which was completely understandable.

But Jonny has looked excellent in recent weeks, and has really taken his chance at right wing-back in the absences of Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever.

He was among the nominees for the club’s Player of the Month for March, and just lost out in the end to Ruben Neves.

£18 million signing Jonny is definitely looking somewhere near his old self, and Lage is delighted with his contributions of late.

He said (Shropshire Star): “He’s a solid professional and a solid player who we know we can count on.

Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

“His actions and decisions are very good. I am happy now to see Jonny with solid performances.

Wolves fans have mostly seen Jonny play at left wing-back since his arrival at the club.

Being naturally right-footed though means he’s capable of playing on the right, and Lage has revealed he simply told the player to relax ahead of featuring on that side of the pitch.

Jonny return to form is a huge positive for Wolves

It is brilliant to see Jonny back in the starting XI and turning out consistently good performances in old gold.

It was maybe touch-and-go that he would be able to find form again after another bad injury.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Jonny Otto of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on April 02, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

But so far Jonny is allaying fears and looks full of energy.

Wolves are much better for having him in the side, and Semedo is going to have to be patient to get back into the starting XI.