Daniel Podence will be unavailable for selection for Wolves for ‘a few weeks’ due to a calf injury (Wolves official).
The diminutive Portuguese trickster missed the 3-3 draw against Brighton last weekend, and it seems Nuno Espirito Santo will now have to prepare for the next few games without one of his better performers this season.
Here are three Wolves stars who could potentially benefit from the 25-year-old being out of the picture for a short while.
He has been starting recently, but Podence being unavailable will likely mean Traore is under less pressure of losing his starting berth now.
The £43,000-a-week Spaniard (Spotrac) is yet to catch fire this season, but his showing against Brighton was very encouraging and hopefully he can kick on from that.
Podence has been a real bright spark, and we know Traore has the potential to bring that also – it’s time for him to step up as his teammate recovers.
There’s a reasonable chance Nuno will put his faith in Fabio Silva while Podence is on the sidelines, with Pedro Neto and Traore either side of him.
The manager has sometimes gone with an interchanging front three of Neto, Podence and Traore, but natural striker Silva may well be the preferred option in Podence’s absence.
He’s slowly getting a feel for the league, and maybe this will be his chance.
Podence has sometimes operated centrally.
Perhaps Nuno will seek to get Vitinha more involved as the most advanced midfielder, with Neto, Silva and Traore operating ahead of him – as was the set up against Brighton.
He has offered glimmers of his talent – perhaps he will rise to the occasion as Podence recovers.