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Relief for Wolves as Jonny shines in first 90-minute game since return

Wolves defeated Everton on Sunday – and one of the biggest positives of the day was the performance of Jonny Castro Otto.

The Spaniard started for the second successive game against the Toffees after facing Watford on Thursday.

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Right now of course, the former Atletico Madrid man is the only option for Bruno Lage at right wing-back.

Nelson Semedo suffered a hamstring injury last month and faces a few more weeks at least on the sidelines.

Ki-Jana Hoever then picked up a hamstring injury of his own against Crystal Palace, which prompted Lage to criticise the youngster in his post-match press conference.

So there’s a lot of responsibility on Jonny at the moment.

But against Everton, he actually looked close to the player he was before all his injury problems.

The 28-year-old looked a bit rusty when he replaced Semedo against Arsenal and again against Palace.

He was much better against Watford and on Sunday, he gave a very energetic display which was really encouraging to see.

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Jonny was up and down, and completed 44/49 (90%) passes (Sofascore). Three of those counted as ‘key’ passes, which was the joint-most along with Daniel Podence.

Everton did not play well. They are in a world of trouble, and the game was actually fairly easy for Wolves after Conor Coady had scored.

But it was still really good to see Jonny playing with confidence and being an outlet on that right side. He looked assured, unlike his first couple of appearances.

Semedo has become such a key player for Wolves. And so, the onus is on Jonny to deliver in his absence. His display against Everton showed Wanderers might just be OK without the Portugal international.

Jonny getting better for Wolves as he completes first 90 minutes since return

Jonny was a quality and consistent player for Wolves before his two knee injuries.

Wolves fans would absolutely love it if he could return to being that player again.

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It’s a big ask given what he has been though. But there is one thing that is in no doubt – the £18 million star will work his absolute socks off to try and get there again.

He’s now finally completed 90 minutes since returning to action, after getting 82 minutes against the Hornets last week.

That’s a big step, and hopefully he can keep on improving. Who knows, by the time Semedo is available again, Jonny could be playing too well to lose his place.