Jonny Castro Otto has been stepping up his recovery from injury this week at Wolves.
The defender has been shown in some new photos going through the motions at Compton Park, as his individual sessions continue.
He’ll soon have company again, with the club reporting he is now close to resuming full training.
That will be a great sight, of a player that has endured rotten luck over the past couple of years.
Jonny sustained an ACL injury whilst playing in the Europa League against Olympiacos in the 2019/20 season.
After recovering from that, the Spaniard had a short spell in the Wolves starting XI again, before suffering another serious knee injury in training.
Jonny is on course to be match fit again in the new year, and fans will no doubt be buzzing the first time he steps onto the pitch again.
But one does wonder when that could be.
He may well have to be a little patient, because at the moment left wing-back is a strong position for Bruno Lage.
Rayan Ait-Nouri had been showing some brilliant form before getting injured in the warm-up against Brighton a couple of weeks ago.
He was outstanding in the defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.
And Fernando Marcal has enjoyed two solid outings against Brighton and Chelsea in Ait-Nouri’s absence. The Brazilian was also superb in the first few games of the season.
While fans are excited to see Jonny back, he might struggle to regain his starting berth.
Ait-Nouri and Marcal battle could put dent Jonny’s Wolves starting prospects
Prior to his first injury, Jonny was a really consistent performer for Wolves. The type to deliver a 7/10 performance at least in every game.
Even when he came back after his first injury he looked pretty good.
It remains to be seen how he fares coming back from a second serious knee injury.
It will be very interesting to see if Lage looks to get the player straight back into the starting XI. Or if he shows loyalty to the two players who have done so well in Jonny’s absence.
Lage has spoken particularly warmly about Ait-Nouri and the way he has progressed.
It would be no surprise if the Frenchman was the manager’s go-to when all three are fit to play.