Wolves have issued an injury update on four first-team players.

Julen Lopetegui has just bolstered his squad by making six signings in January.

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The squad is now in a much better place than it was a few weeks ago, and the manager has a good level of depth.

And that depth will improve further in the comings, with both Pedro Neto and Boubacar Traore nearing their returns.

The club put out a statement yesterday, and revealed Neto is to begin training with the squad ‘soon’. Traore picked up a groin injury out in Marbella, but the midfielder has started his rehabilitation after he underwent surgery recently.

He was pictured last week in the gym at Compton.

Wolves also provided some information on the two long-term absentees, Chiquinho and Sasa Kalajdzic.

Both players are thought to be out for the season or at least a very large chunk of it.

Wolves have said that Chiquinho is ‘further along in the rehabilitation process’ than Kalajdzic and is likely to return to the grass before him.

Chiquinho has been out of action the longest for Wolves. He suffered an awful knee injury in pre-season in a behind-closer-doors friendly against Burnley.

That was a huge blow for Wolves and the player, who had been one of the brightest sparks for Wolves at the end of last season.

A positive update from Wolves, with Pedro Neto seemingly closest to returning first

So it looks as though Lopetegui will soon have two players back in Neto and Traore.

From the update it looks as though Neto, 22, is the closest to a return, and that’s great news.

The winger endured a pretty miserable start to the 2022/23 season before his ankle injury, and he will be itching to get back into the team and find form.

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Potentially, Lopetegui might be able to help him return to the level he was showing in the 2020/21 season.

That would be brilliant for Wolves, who need someone who is direct and can provide an end product.

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