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Journalist explains why Semedo is missing from Wolves squad today

The big story when Bruno Lage named his team to face Celta Vigo today was the absence of Nelson Semedo.

The right-back was not even named on the bench for the clash against the La Liga outfit.

That caused some Wolves fans to panic that Semedo had suffered an injury ahead of the new season.

But the Athletic’s Tim Spiers reported that Semedo is isolating after a Covid contact track and trace message.

That means he has to isolate but there is no indication that he has any symptoms or is feeling ill.

The other thing with the Covid ‘ping’ is you know when your isolation period will end, provided you don’t later test positive.

Spiers says that means Semedo will be available for the opening match of the Premier League season against Leicester next weekend.

The biggest issue will be how much training he’s missed between now and that game at the King Power Stadium.

Lage already has defensive injuries to deal with because Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera have hamstring problems.

Semedo is another absentee but shouldn’t be a long term one, and it’s good to get a swift explanation of why he was out after his absence initially flummoxed Wolves fans.