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Vitinha replaces injured Wolves star Ruben Neves in Portugal squad

Former Wolves loanee Vitinha has replaced Ruben Neves in the senior Portugal squad.

The FC Porto player has been called up in place of the Molineux maestro, who picked up a knee injury in the game with Leeds United last Friday.

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Wolves fans are anxiously waiting for an update on the 25-year-old.

He received treatment for several minutes against the Whites, before carrying on playing for a few minutes before he was substituted.

Bruno Lage didn’t really have any news on Neves after the game, saying that he needed to be assessed further.

But his issue is apparently serious enough for him to be ruled out for Portugal.

Fernando Santos’ side take on Turkey in their World Cup play-off semi-final later this week and won’t be able to call on Neves.

But one man who could see some minutes now is Vitinha, who has been called up to the senior squad for the first time.

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Some feel as though he should have had a call-up in the first place.

The 22-year-old has been one of the best players in Portugal this season for Porto, who are still unbeaten in the league up to now.

Perhaps inevitably after Wolves opted against turning his loan move permanent, Vitinha has absolutely flourished this term and is now one of Sergio Conceicao’s key players.

A first cap for Portugal would be no less than he deserves.

Vitinha’s Portugal call-up more evidence Wolves made a mistake over the midfielder

So Vitinha is finally in the Portugal senior squad.

This only suggests further that Wolves really made a mistake not to sign him when they had the chance.

Wolves officials supposedly weren’t convinced by Vitinha’s performances last term, which is really frustrating given he should have had more game time.

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Given Joao Moutinho’s advancing years, it surely made sense to sign him up.

Maybe it is easy to say now given what he has shown this season.

But Vitinha did show glimpses of his talent at Molineux, and potentially would have thrived under Lage just like Neves has done.