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Edwards comments on Wolves' wide options ahead of crucial period

Wolves are embarking on a crucial period of Premier League matches after their shock FA Cup exit against Norwich.

This is a big month in the race for the European spots and they have loaned out Adama Traore to Barcelona without replacing him.

Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-Chan are returning from injury, and former Molineux midfielder David Edwards told the Express and Star he also has doubts over Francisco Trincao.

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“I think it’s just a little bit worrying that the squad all of a sudden looks a little depleted. The games come thick and fast as well, it’s not like they’ve got long breaks in between.

“It will be a big ask for Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan to come straight into the team and perform after their injuries – they’ve been out for a long time, especially Neto.

“Trincao hasn’t played too often this year and we won’t quite now how the Covid illness will have affected him.”

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Wolves do have wide players with the right quality to make up for the loss of Traore but it is just a case of fitness and match sharpness.

These players need to get up to speed quickly with a crucial period of fixtures which could shape the season, and that is not easy.

Bruno Lage has carefully managed the fitness of his injured players this season and it will be a test of his skill in that area in the weeks ahead.