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Bruno Lage talks up Diego Costa ahead of Premier League return with Wolves

Bruno Lage has again been speaking about Diego Costa, with the striker soon set to make his first appearance in a Wolve shirt.

The 33-year-old has been working hard over the international break to bring his fitness up to speed.

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The ace has not played at all in 2022 after leaving Atletico Mineiro in January.

The hope is that he won’t be too far away now. Especially with there being a number of concerning reports about Raul Jimenez in recent days.

The star joined up with the Mexico squad to continue his rehabilitation. But there have been suggestions that his groin issue is more serious than first thought.

It has even been suggested that the 31-year-old’s World Cup hopes are now in some doubt.

So it’s possible Jimenez’s return for Wolves might be some time off. Hopefully the club will soon provide another update on the situation to give supporters some clarity.

Meanwhile, Costa has been in full training with Wolves and Lage has been speaking about the 24-cap Spain international.

He said (via Express & Star): “If you call Diego Costa here, in five minutes you’ll be laughing because he has that personality.

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“But for sure, if you play one-on-one against him he will break your leg if he needs to, to win the game. This is the kind of profile he has.

“He needs to be there because the Premier League is so hard to play in. Of course, breaking the leg is a joke, but what can we see in every game? Competition, duels, physical contact, intensity.

“It’s emotional and when you go you need to go with that emotion and intensity to do everything to win the game. If you want to jump for the ball in the air, you can’t think if something will happen, you have to jump for the duel.

“These are the kind of things he offers to the team.”

Diego Costa will be up for the fight for Wolves, his mean streak should be welcomed

At the very least, Costa is going to come in and provide a real competitive spirit.

He’s a man with a big personality and character, and has been exposed to winning throughout his career.

Obviously, he is not the Diego Costa of his Chelsea days.

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But even if he is only 50% of that player, then Wolves will be in a decent position.

Wanderers have arguably been a bit of soft touch since returning to the Premier League. As well as the team has done overall.

Costa’s mean streak could be a very good thing, and hopefully his competitiveness will rub off on other players.