Wolves may not bring in a new striker before their first Premier League game of the season against Leeds United, despite losing Raul Jimenez to injury.
Wanderers get their 2022/23 campaign underway next Saturday at Elland Road.
And Bruno Lage’s preparations have been thrown into chaos, with Jimenez out for at least a month.
The star has suffered MCL damage and has also injured his adductor. He had to come off in the first-half against Besiktas on Saturday.
According to Telegraph journalist John Percy, he could miss as many as eight weeks in the worst case.
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The news has sent many Wolves fans into panic mode.
Lage no has no fit recognised striker to call on. Fabio Silva, Jimenez’s understudy, was loaned out to Anderlecht, whom he has already opened his account for.
Naturally, many are expecting Wolves to respond immediately by being active in the transfer market.
According to journalist Liam Keen, Wolves should move for a new centre-forward, but that may not happen in time for the opening game.
He wrote: “Despite Jimenez’s injury, Wolves won’t rush to bring in a striker who doesn’t suit the style. They are working on bringing a striker in before the end of the window but it may not happen before the season starts. Hwang, Podence or Neto are the likely fill-ins for now
“Bruno Lage is very pleased with how the team is performing in pre-season. If Wolves have to take their time to bring in the right player, they will do.”
Sporting and Farense games have now become extra important for Wolves
In light of the Jimenez news, the upcoming games against Sporting CP and SC Farense now have extra importance.
Since it may yet be a few weeks until we see a new centre-forward coming in, Lage needs to determine who is the best makeshift replacement for the Mexican.
Most likely it is going to be between Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-chan.
Hwang has yet to play any minutes for Wolves in pre-season having been carrying a slight knock.
He’s been maintaining his fitness, but will not be as match sharp as Podence.
The livewire is surely favourite to play as a false nine, with Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White either side of him.