Wolves fans have today been rocked by the news that Ruben Neves is facing a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury against Leeds United.
The club have finally provided an update on him and a few other players.
Neves went off injured midway through the first-half against Leeds last Friday.
At the weekend he pulled out of the Portugal squad, raising concerns that is issue wasn’t just a simple knock.
And today, Wolves have said the player suffered medial collateral ligament damage.
The injured was confirmed as ‘uncomplicated’, but he will be missing for several weeks. The club hope he will return to action in May.
It is not stated when in May, so it is possible he might not play again this season.
It’s a huge blow for Wolves, with Neves having been in superb form this season under Bruno Lage.
He has produced many absolutely brilliant performances in midfield, and it is now going to be a big test for Wolves to go about business without him.
It will be a particularly big period for Leander Dendoncker, who is the obvious direct replacement for Neves.
The Belgium international tends to play second fiddle to Neves and Joao Moutinho, although he does occasionally come in to play with the pair as a trio.
As the only other senior option to play in midfield, it’s likely that he will be Lage’s first port of call.
And he’s got to take responsibility, as the 27-year-old has struggled for consistency during his time at Molineux.
A massive few weeks for Leander Dendoncker at Wolves, as injury news finally drops on Ruben Neves
The news on Neves is a hammer blow for Wolves.
He’s one of, if not Wolves’ best player, and absolutely crucial for the team being generally better in possession.
Dendoncker is probably going to be his replacement, and he’s got to take his chance.
He had a good spell recently, and had a particularly good game against Tottenham Hotspur last month.
The issue is that Dendoncker struggles to be effective for multiple games in a row, something Moutinho and Neves tend not to have any issues with.
The £90,000-a-week star can sometimes be a passenger, which is frustrating.
This will be his chance to really prove himself though, and it might be something he needs to do. Recently there were reports that the club could listen to offers for him.