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Jonny could count himself unlucky if Semedo comes straight back in for Wolves

Wolves manager Bruno Lage may have some potential selection headaches on his hands after the international break.

Raul Jimenez will be suspended for the game against Aston Villa, and Ruben Neves will also be absent through injury.

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So the manager will be required to make at least two changes.

But it’s going to be interesting to see if Nelson Semedo recovers in time to face the Villans.

The full-back has been on the sidelines for the last few weeks nursing a hamstring injury he picked up against Arsenal.

Wolves recently put out an update on several players, and the word on Semedo is that he has ‘progressed well’ in recent weeks, and that he is already back in modified training.

There is a chance he could be available to face Villa. And Lage could be tempted to throw him straight in given what a good season he was having prior to his injury.

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But he’d go back into the team at the expense of Jonny Castro Otto, who has been building his fitness since returning from a second serious knee injury.

He came back in February, and his ring rust was clear to see on his first few outings.

But in the past couple of games, Jonny has been really good.

The £18 million signing was superb against Watford and followed that up with a great display at Everton.

And he was even great in the 3-2 defeat to Leeds United, scoring on his 100th appearance for the club.

So Lage could have a big decision to make.

Jonny should keep his place against Aston Villa if Semedo is fit

Even if Semedo is available for selection, Jonny deserves to keep his starting berth against Aston Villa.

He doesn’t deserve to come out of the team given the way he’s been playing.

He’s managed to build good momentum over the past few weeks. Bringing Semedo in cold might be the wrong move.

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There’s the idea of moving Jonny over to the left, but Rayan Ait-Nouri also doesn’t deserve to go on the bench. Plus Jonny has grown used to playing on the right side. It doesn’t really make sense to take him out of a position he’s been doing well in.

As good as Semedo has been this term, he now needs to earn his place back.