Wolves fans were rocked earlier this week as news arrived of an injury setback for Pedro Neto.
The livewire suffered a broken knee cap towards the end of last season, causing him to miss Euro 2020.
The club had initially hoped Neto would be back fit again around October time.
But sadly, it looks as though it’s going to be a little while longer before Neto is seen tearing up and down the wings at Molineux again.
Since he won’t be available for selection for a good while, here are some players that actually may benefit as a result of his setback.
He’d be starting in the team anyway, but Neto’s absence could potentially prompt a big improvement in Traore.
The Spaniard may see this as his chance to seize responsibility and become the main creator for Wolves.
Many times last season, Neto simply overshadowed Traore.
With the former Braga man on the sidelines for a while, Traore might see the situation as a chance to become top dog and be the main supplier of ammunition to Raul Jimenez.
He does have a very good partnership with the Mexican.
Trincao is spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Molineux from Barcelona.
His somewhat out-of-the-blue signing back in July went down extremely well with Wolves supporters, who can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the table.
Trincao is very good friends with Neto. The pair both played for SC Vianense and Braga as youngsters.
He’ll have hoped to link up with Neto, but it seems he could be the direct replacement.
Had Neto been on course to return in October, Trincao might have been the most likely to lose his starting berth, so there is potential for him to really prove himself before his mate comes back into the picture.
A somewhat forgotten man at Molineux, Daniel Podence could well come good as a result of Neto being unavailable.
He hasn’t really hit the ground running so far since his £17 million transfer from Olympiacos in January 2020 (BBC Sport).
On his day he is a fantastic talent.
A bit like Traore, maybe he’ll see this situation as an opportunity to step up and become a key player under Bruno Lage.
He’s not seen any minutes in pre-season due to injury.
But he has been back in training and could soon be ready to get going.