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Jonny under big pressure at Wolves now through no fault of his own

After a brilliant start to 2022, things have gone somewhat pear-shaped recently for Wolves.

Wanderers lost again at the weekend, this time against Crystal Palace.

That was their third defeat in a row, and the manner of the latest loss was pretty alarming.

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Wolves struggled to compete, and were rather blown away in the first-half after an intense performance from the visitors.

It was highly disappointing to see it all unfold, especially at Molineux against a team in the bottom half of the Premier League.

One of the main talking points from the weekend is Lage giving Ki-Jana Hoever both barrels in his post-match press conference.

The manager suggested Hoever’s injury was down to a lack of preparation.

Lage also took aim at other youngsters within his squad, but didn’t name-drop anyone else.

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It remains to be seen how long Hoever will be out of action for. But even when he does recover and is available again, there’s a reasonable chance he will not be picked to play.

With Semedo potentially out for up to two months, it is now a very significant time for Jonny Castro Otto.

The Spaniard has come off the bench in the last two games for Wolves, replacing the injured Semedo against Arsenal and then replacing Hoever on Saturday.

All of a sudden, the £18 million star the only option to play at right wing-back, and that brings about big pressure.

Jonny thrust back into the spotlight for Wolves soon after second knee injury

This is a far from ideal situation.

Jonny only returned for Wolves last month. He didn’t play any minutes until that second game with Arsenal when he replaced Semedo. And then of course, he went on for Hoever against Palace.

So Jonny has played just 94 minutes so far, and he’ll now be thrown in at the deep end.

He will potentially need to play a lot of games now, given Semedo’s injury and Hoever’s situation.

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Lage would likely not have wanted that, given the 28-year-old has just returned from his second serious knee injury.

He’s now under major pressure to rapidly find his old self on the pitch for Wolves and deliver top and consistent performances again.

It could be hard for him. But one thing is always for certain with Jonny – he will work his absolute socks off for that badge.