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Fabio Silva must now make his minutes count with Raul Jimenez out for two games for Wolves

Raul Jimenez will now miss Wolves’ next two matches.

The Mexico international was sent off in the second-half against Leeds United on Friday night, during a very controversial moment.

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The striker collided with Illan Meslier in a 50-50 challenge. Both players were going for the ball and there was no malice from either. It just happened that the Frenchman just got their a fraction of a second sooner.

The decision was very frustrating, but it is what it is and Wanderers must cope with their number nine once more.

This, of course, was Jimenez second send off of the season.

He saw red in the game against Manchester City back in November.

So Wolves will be missing the star for the games against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Chances are, Lage will already be racking his brains about how best to cover his absence.

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There’s a reasonable chance young Fabio Silva will come into the starting XI – and he has got to make the minutes he gets count.

He still hasn’t scored this season, which is slightly disappointing. It’s tricky for him because often he comes on with not a lot of time left in games.

But he could be the man that gets the nod against Villa and Newcastle.

Silva has only started two of the four games Jimenez hasn’t in the Premier League this season. Once when he left the line against West Ham United and one when he paired with Daniel Podence against Brentford.

Fabio Silva needs to deliver against Villa and Newcastle

Hopefully Silva will get a chance.

When he has come in games he has actually done OK and shown some decent touches. He was also not too bad in that game against West Ham. He did what he could during a bad day at the office for the team.

If he does get to start these games, he could do with maybe scoring or assisting or at least playing really well.

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A lot of people still aren’t sold on £80,000-a-week star Silva and it’s a good opportunity for him.

We’ve seen Lage deploy two wide forwards in a partnership this season when Jimenez hasn’t started. And we’ve seen Podence play as a false nine.

These things haven’t really worked and so, Silva should get the nod. Failure to take his chance could well have Wolves officials thinking about a potential loan move for him next season.