Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Jonny Castro Otto made his long-awaited return to action against Leicester City today at Molineux.
The Spaniard was a somewhat surprise name in the starting XI, with the lack of updates about him pre-match leading many to assume he wasn’t quite ready.
But start against the Foxes he did, and Jonny put in a pretty good performance given his six-month absence.
But there were concerns from some Wolves fans at the start of the second-half when Nuno Espirito Santo took the 26-year-old off at the break, replacing him with Ki-Jana Hoever.
It led to speculation that Jonny had hurt himself again, and that he had perhaps been rushed back too soon.
But it seems the move was a precaution, with the manager stating that it was always the plan for Jonny to get 45 minutes.
He said, as quoted by BBC Sport’s live reporting (16.18): “It was something decided already by him and us and the medical staff. He is returning and we have to be very careful. It was decision based on our future and having to preserve the player.”
Wolves reporter for The Athletic Tim Spiers delivered further good news on Twitter, saying Jonny was out doing a post-match warm down.
Jonny needs careful managemet
Jonny’s recovery from his ACL injury has seemingly gone very well, and it is no surprise to learn he is being managed carefully.
Hopefully he can keep building up the minutes in the coming games, as prior to his injury, he was a key player.
This term he has been missed and so to have him back for the second half of the season will be a big boost.