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Rayan Ait-Nouri is in an unfortunate predicament at Wolves with key pair a barrier to potential minutes

Wolves were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at the weekend, and there was again no minutes for Rayan Ait-Nouri.

Bruno Lage changed things up at Turf Moor. He shifted Jonny Castro Otto over to left wing-back in order to accommodate Nelson Semedo.

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The Portugal international had been on the bench for the two games prior, after returning from a hamstring injury.

Jonny on the left and Semedo on the right is something that lots of Wolves expected to see eventually.

And it was on show for the first time this season in Lancashire, and the duo really excelled.

Semedo could have been forgiven for showing signs of ring rust. But he looked very energetic and was a constant outlet.

And Jonny did well on the left, a position he does know well but has obviously not featured in for a while.

With the pair taking their chances, one can’t help but think of how this now creates a bit of an unfortunate situation for Rayan Ait-Nouri.

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At the beginning of the calendar year, the young Frenchman was in fine fettle for Wolves.

He was a regular in the starting XI, and showcasing both offensive and defensive quality.

He helped himself to a couple of assists in the 3-1 win over Southampton. And he also got one in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

He was proving himself to be quite the creative outlet for Wanderers.

But Lage has only given him 184 minutes of Premier League action since after the Arsenal game on February 24.

With Jonny now playing so well and Semedo back in the picture, he faces an unfortunate, low-key end to the season.

Rayan Ait-Nouri was thriving, but he may now struggle for minutes in Wolves’ last five games

The youngster was really was at the top of his game earlier this year, and around the festive period. He was so good that there were even reports linking with a £30 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.

He remains one of Wolves’ top creative sparks this term, having registered six assists across all competitions.

But it’s difficult to see where the minutes will come from now for Ait-Nouri in Wolves’ last handful of games.

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Lage recently hailed Jonny, branding the Spaniard ‘a solid professional’. He clearly is a massive fan of his.

And Semedo returned to action on Sunday and served up a reminder of what a key player he has become for Wolves.

Those two are likely to be the regular picks from now until the end of the season. Barring any injuries or suspensions, of course.

And that is a real shame for Ait-Nouri, who also has Fernando Marcal for competition just to complicate matters further.

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