Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa has strongly suggested he will be ready to face Leeds United on Saturday.
The 29-year-old got his first minutes of pre-season on Saturday against Sporting CP. He played the full game at Estadio Algarve.
Prior to that, Sa had been building his fitness in training having suffered an MCL injury against Liverpool in the final game of 2022/23.
Sa was forced off at Anfield, with John Ruddy coming on for what would be his last appearance for the club.
After the game, Sa did play down the injury.
But it turns out it was fairly serious. The former Olympiacos star missed all of the club’s games out in Alicante, and just trained.
But he returned between the sticks against Sporting, and Sa has suggested he’s ready to take on Leeds at Elland Road.
He said (via Express & Star): “I’m very good. They tried to protect me in the last games to be ready for this game and to be ready for the first game of the season, and it’s what happened.
“I played and I felt good. We keep working and we’ll see.
“It was lucky for me that it was in the last game of the season and not the first game of the season – that’s what I was thinking.”
Should Sa have any setbacks, then it will be Matija Sarkic who will replace him against the Whites.
The 24-year-old is the new number two at Molineux following the departure of Ruddy.
Wolves need Jose Sa between the sticks at Leeds
Sa did say ‘we’ll see’, but he played 90 minutes against Sporting and also said that he felt good.
That sounds fairly promising and hopefully we shall be seeing him as the first name on that teamsheet on Saturday.
Sa was obviously a huge performer for Wanderers last season.
He very quickly proved himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the division.
Had it not been for his fine form, Wolves could very easily have finished quite a bit lower in the table.
Hopefully he can replicate his form from last season in 2022/23.