Wolverhampton Wanderers may be glad they never moved for Douglas Costa, who has sustained a hairline fracture of his metatarsal.
According to a Bayern Munich statement, the 30-year-old will be out of action for ‘upcoming games’ as a result of the issue, which he suffered in a recent training session.
No exact timeframe has been placed on his return, but Sky Germany believe he’ll be sidelined for ‘several weeks’.
Costa’s setback comes just weeks after he was linked with a move to Wolves following a disappointing season over in Germany.
Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Wolves were a potential destination for Costa, who is out of favour under Hansi Flick.
Costa has been limited to just 20 appearances so far this term, most of which have come as a substitute.
Competition is particularly strong at Bayern in the wide areas, with Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, and Jamal Musiala all vying for minutes.
It had been suggested that Costa’s parent club Juventus were keen to recall him and send him elsewhere, with Wolves named as a possible suitor.
Wolves avoided an issue
Whether Wolves came close to signing Costa in January or not, this development certainly suggests the club are better off without him.
Costa’s record with injuries in his career has been far from perfect (according to Transfermarkt information he’s had some kind of issue every season since 2015/16), and the fact he’s picked up another that will rule him out for several weeks just proves Wolves were right not to go near him.
Nuno has had players in and out of the treatment room this season, and Costa sustaining the injury in a Wolves shirt would have been unbearably frustrating.