Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has provided an update on the progress on Daniel Podence’s return to fitness.
The Portugal international is currently on the sidelines nursing an adductor injury, and has missed the last seven matches across all competitions.
While Wolves have picked up points in his absence, the lively 25-year-old, arguably, has still been missed.
Some have been wondering how Podence’s recovery has been going, and unfortunately he doesn’t appear to be ahead of schedule.
Nuno said yesterday (via Express & Star): “He’s closer, but he’s not yet with the group.
“We don’t have a time. He’s improving, but he’s not been able to join yet, or even to start his individual sessions.”
Podence’s latest issue, following a thigh injury in January, means he has been limited to just three appearances in 2021 so far.
The former Olympiacos star began the season in good form, but has definitely not played as much as he’d have liked.
As well as his two injuries in 2021, he also picked up a shoulder injury in September which caused him to miss the 4-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Nuno has also regularly taken Podence off in games – he’s only completed 90 minutes on five occasions this term.
Wolves need Podence back
Although it doesn’t look like he’ll be back particularly soon, Wolves do miss Podence.
He hasn’t pulled up trees this season but has generally carried a decent threat and has contributed three goals and one assist.
With Adama Traore’s struggles continuing, Podence’s return will be most welcome when it arrives.