Nelson Semedo back in training for Wolves but faces fitness test ahead of Aston Villa clash
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Nelson Semedo back in training for Wolves but faces fitness test ahead of Aston Villa clash

Julen Lopetegui has said today that Nelson Semedo has returned to training ahead of the game with Aston Villa on Saturday.

The full-back was forced off just before half-time in the 6-0 defeat to Brighton.

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Lopetegui said straight after the game that the Portuguese international was feeling some pain.

There were concerns yesterday when Wolves released training photos and Semedo was nowhere to be seen.

But Lopetegui has today informed reporters that Semedo has in fact now returned to training. He said the player has missed a couple of sessions as a result of his knee issue.

He said (via Wolves official): “He [Semedo] has had a knee problem, it’s a very dangerous problem, and that’s why he’s rested the two days, and now he’s started working with the group. We’re going to see if he’s fit or not fit for the next match.”

But the 29-year-old is still a slight doubt for the clash with Villa. Lopetegui has said that he will still need to be assessed ahead of the game.

The fact he’s now returned to training though is surely a good sign and that there isn’t serious damage.

Lopetegui would have been pained to lose Semedo. The Spaniard has turned to him at almost every opportunity since he arrive at Molineux.

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The former Barcelona man has started every single Premier League game under Lopetegui so far.

In general, he has improved since the new manager came in.

But there are still issues with consistency from Semedo. He has great games, but is still very capable of dropping disastrous performances, as was the case on Saturday against Brighton before he went off.

Boost for Wolves as Julen Lopetegui says Nelson Semedo is back in training

This is good news.

Semedo may have been really poor against Brighton, but so were a lot of other Wolves players.

He’s still the best choice to play right-back for Wolves.

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Sadly Jonny Castro Otto has really struggled this season and does not fill one with confidence when he comes into the team.

Hopefully, Semedo will be passed fit to play against Villa.