Wolves winger Daniel Podence is said to be carrying an injury that is ‘a bit of a grey area’ at the moment.
The 26-year-old has been unavailable for Wanderers for the past few weeks.
He supposedly has a foot injury, and there hasn’t been too much informational put out about the situation by the club.
Lage simply stated he isn’t available in his pre-match press conferences.
Podence’s absence from the starting XI has coincided with the team’s worst period of the season.
Wolves have lost their last three Premier League games and have failed to score a goal, all while turning in poor performances.
Podence has been one of Wolves’ best players this season.
He has certainly been the best forward at Molineux in 2021/22. His creativity is being badly missed at the moment.
It is currently unclear when he might be back. But journalist Tim Spiers did provide some information on him on the latest Express & Star podcast.
He said: “Podence is a bit of a grey area, has an injury & potentially could play through injections, but he’s unwilling at the moment because he might aggravate that problem.
The situation mirrors last season, when Podence had been playing through some discomfort with his adductor.
The former Olympiacos would ultimately have surgery in May 2021, after struggling with the issue for a few months.
Initially, Podence had resorted to conservative treatment to allow him to keep playing.
In the end, he made the decision to go under the knife.
Wolves really miss Daniel Podence, as Tim Spiers claims star is unwilling to play with injections
If there is risk of aggravating the injury, then Podence should obviously not be taking to the field.
He has undoubtedly been Wanderers’ most dangerous player in the final third this season.
But it isn’t worth potentially losing him for a long time by having him play these final games.
Wolves would obviously love to have him available, as there is still an outside chance of European football.
But perhaps the risk is too great, and Podence is being advised to let the issue heal naturally.