Wolves could be set to face a makeshift Manchester City defence on Wednesday following comments from Pep Guardiola on Sunday.
The two teams are facing off at Molineux at 8.15pm, in a game that had initially been set for a few weekends ago.
City were in FA Cup semi-final action against Liverpool though, meaning the game needed rescheduling.
And it seems the Citizens will come to Molineux without being able to call on a number of key defensive players.
Ruben Dias was substituted off at half-time in the 5-0 win over Newcastle United.
It has since transpired that he has a muscular injury. And Pep Guardiola has said he is out for the rest of the season.
The Spaniard also said that John Stones will miss their remaining games, and that Nathan Ake is doubtful.
It was surprise at first that the Dutchman did not replace Dias on Sunday. He was on the bench and seemed the logical replacement. But Guardiola said afterwards (mancity.com): “He has had a problem in his ankle for a long time.
“It happened in the game against Leeds. Still, he has a little niggle and doesn’t feel comfortable.
“Maybe not [ready] for Wolves, but maybe for the next two.”
So it’s very possible that Wolves will be presented with a centre-back pairing of Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho on Wednesday.
Fernandinho replaced Dias against Newcastle, and did well to his credit.
It’s a position the 37-year-old Brazilian is no stranger to, having spent most of the 2018/19 season playing there whilst Laporte had a long-term injury.
Wolves should feel encouraged if Fernandinho is playing centre-back for Manchester City
The Wolves players might be hoping to see Fernandinho in City’s backline on Wednesday.
In the 18/19 season, Wolves beat City home and away when the veteran was playing in defence.
The South American did actually play quite well in both of those games to his credit.
But Wolves have surely got to see it as an opportunity to attack and be positive if he does indeed play alongside Laporte.
As well as he still reads the game, Fernandinho just isn’t as mobile anymore. If Wolves can get the likes of Pedro Neto around him, they might get some joy.
He hasn’t really played the role regularly in recent times. If Wolves are smart they will target him at Molineux.