Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Daniel Podence has travelled to Marbella with the rest of the squad, indicating he is almost back to fitness.

The team have now flown out for upcoming games against Real Betis and Las Palmas.

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It will be a good opportunity for Bruno Lage to take a look at some more of his players, with the Portuguese internationals having been included, as well as Leander Dendoncker.

Adama Traore and Conor Coady are still on holiday after remaining in Euro 2020 the longest.

They are due to join the squad at Compton next week.

Interestingly, Podence has flown out with the rest of his teammates.

The 25-year-old struggled with an adductor injury last season, which he eventually underwent surgery for in May.

He ended up missing Wolves’ final three Premier League games of 2020/21.

 

According to The Athletic’s Tim Spiers, Podence is ‘still not training fully, but he’s not far off now’.

It remains to be seen if he’ll have any involvement game-wise in Marbella, although it seems doubtful. The games are on Saturday (vs Betis, 6pm) and then on Monday (vs Las Palmas, 9.30am).

A big few months for Podence

It’s a chance for a clean slate under a new manager for Podence.

It is undeniable he is brilliant talent on his day.

But he arguably hasn’t been consistent enough since his arrival at the club in January 2020.

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While he has tremendous feet and dribbling ability, he does lack in physicality and hasn’t played 90 minutes very often.

It would be great to see him thrive under Lage, but he definitely has some work to do.

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