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Lopetegui hopeful Wolves duo Boubacar Traore and Jonny can face Everton

Julen Lopetegui is hopeful he’ll be able to call on Boubacar Traore and Jonny Castro Otto for this weekend’s clash with Everton.

The pair were unavailable for selection last night for Wolves’ game with Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.

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Lopetegui ruled both players out in his pre-match press conference.

Both players have been carrying knocks, meaning neither were risked against the League Two side.

Traore has a groin injury, and the Malian went for a scan to determine the extent of the damage.

But seemingly the issue isn’t too serious, because Lopetegui has suggested that he and Jonny are both in contention to face Everton on Monday.

He said (via Birmingham Mail): “In Marbella he (Boubacar) was injured and we think he can be fit for the next match. We will see.”

On Jonny, he added: “He tried to come back with us, but he has a little problem. I think he will be ready for the next match. I hope, but I don’t know for sure. He hasn’t recuperated at the moment.”

Wolves are looking to take three points against the Toffees in Lopetegui’s first game in the competition.

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Last night’s win over Gillingham was not pretty. But positive results are all that really matter right now, as they can improve morale and confidence.

Lopetegui will be hoping to see some good defensively solidity, which had been lacking in the weeks leading up to the World Cup.

Wolves had plenty of that last season when Conor Coady was in the middle of the backline.

He is, of course, now an Everton player.

But he will not have any involvement against Wolves this weekend since he is only on loan.

Boost for Wolves as Lopetegui hints Boubacar Traore and Jonny may face Everton

Lopetegui goes in search of his first Premier League win on Monday, and ideally he needs Boubacar and Jonny available.

Boubacar was looking great just before the World Cup, and he does make a big difference for Wolves when he plays.

He provides that tenacity and athleticism that the others – Matheus Nunes aside – do not.

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And Jonny, although he hasn’t been in good form this season, can be on hand to provide that cover at both left and right-back.

The Lopetegui era is officially now underway following the win over Gillingham. Hopefully that result can be followed up against the Toffees.