Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker has been absent for the past few weeks, and some have wondered what exactly is the issue with the Belgian enforcer.
The 25-year-old has missed games against Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Brighton, and the club haven’t put out a great deal of information about his situation, until today.
According to Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad, Dendoncker has been actually struggling with a bone edema, which is something that has bothered him since the last international break.
He had a knee-on-knee collision against Switzerland, forcing him off at half-time which meant he missed the Nations League clash with England days later.
But he then got 90 minutes against Denmark, and went on to make four starts for Wolves, before having to be substituted against Chelsea at half-time.
Dendoncker is said to have had injections to relieve the pain recently, and is currently back doing light training sessions, as confirmed by the club today..
No time frame has been placed on his return, but it seems he could be back playing again sooner rather than later, with the report adding Dendoncker is hoping to play again in ‘one of the following weeks’.
Dendoncker return will be welcomed
Since Dendoncker has been absent, Wolves have picked up just two points from a possible 12.
The £90,000-a-week star’s (Spotrac) influence in the side is often understated, and his return will provide a big boost for Nuno Espirito Santo when it comes.
With Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho having similar styles, Dendoncker’s unique qualities have been missed.