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Bruno Lage could look at using Trincao in a central role after Neves blow

Wolves will be without Ruben Neves until May, after the midfielder suffered a knee injury against Leeds United.

The club have today provided an update on the 25-year-old, who recently pulled out of the Portugal squad.

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He won’t be available for the games against Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Burnley.

Wolves’ first game in May is against Chelsea on the 7th. Then, it’s Norwich City before Liverpool on the final day of the season.

Who knows at this point when in May he will return, but it’s possible he might not play again this season.

It’s not a good situation, with Bruno Lage now down to just two senior options for the middle.

Luke Cundle could potentially get more chances from here on in. The youngster did really well on his full debut against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

But one wonders if Lage could be tempted to turn to Francisco Trincao for a central role.

Perhaps not in a two, but if Lage wanted to use a three – which he has several times this season – then Trincao could be moved inside.

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He is not someone that flies past people when he plays on the wing.

He’s technical, and it could be that operating centrally suits him as he can be more unpredictable there. Rather than cutting in from the right on his left foot.

As frustrating as Trincao has been, one thing that he can be praised for since he’s been at Molineux is his work-rate.

That’s another reason why he could suit playing in a three-man midfield.

Trincao could be effective in central role for Wolves

When watching Trincao play from the right, it sometimes feels a bit predictable.

He will very often come back on his left foot, which sometimes becomes easy for the defenders to read.

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Maybe if he was in the middle, there would be more options and avenues for him.

It would be very interesting to see him playing slightly ahead of Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho, with Daniel Podence or Hwang Hee-chan up top with Raul Jimenez.

He might even be decent in a midfield two, which would then allow Lage to use two wingers.