Gary O’Neil has said that he does not expected Rayan Ait-Nouri’s injury to be serious.
The Algerian was forced off in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday at Molineux.
Ait-Nouri had been having a really good game for Wolves.
He had coped with Mo Salah – one of the best players in the league – really well, as he has done a few times now since coming to Wolves.
But just after the hour mark, after Cody Gakpo had equalised for Liverpool, Ait-Nouri went down clutching his leg.
He was replaced by Hugo Bueno, who would go on to score an own goal, which was very unlucky.
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After the game, O’Neil gave an update on Ait-Nouri…
Rayan Ait-Nouri should be OK says Gary O’Neil
There were concerns for Ait-Nouri, who has started the new season quite well after a tough end to the last campaign.
But O’Neil moved to allay fears in his post-match press conference.
He said of the 22-year-old: “Rayan’s injury was just muscle fatigue really. I don’t expect him to have any problems.
“We won’t know until next weekend, but he’ll probably just need a few days to recover.”
Ait-Nouri has started four of Wolves’ five Premier League games so far.
And in the one game he didn’t start against Everton, he came on at half-time.
It’s clear that O’Neil has taken a liking to the £10 million youngster early doors, which is good to see after his struggles earlier this year.
Boost for Wolves over Ait-Nouri
Thankfully, Ait-Nouri’s issue is not serious.
Wolves have good cover in Bueno in the event he would not available.
But Ait-Nouri has started the new season positively and O’Neil would surely want him in his starting XI against Luton Town this weekend.
Ait-Nouri is one of Wolves’ brightest prospects.
It didn’t happen for him under Julen Lopetegui, but he appears to be enjoying himself under O’Neil and hopefully he can take his game to higher levels this season.