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Romain Saiss return will be most welcome for Wolves

Wolves lost yesterday for the first time in 2022, exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Norwich City.

Wanderers were beaten 1-0 at Molineux by the Canaries, who will face Liverpool in the fifth round of the competition after they beat Cardiff City today.

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It was a poor performance from Wolves.

Bruno Lage’s side failed to have a shot on target in the first-half, and struggled to take the game to their opponents.

There was some improvement after the break, and also a change in formation that saw Wolves move to a back four.

But it wasn’t enough to bring Wolves back level.

Daniel Podence hit the post, which was as close as Wolves came. But it was just an insipid display, which is hugely disappointing given the progression we have seen in recent weeks.

By conceding to Kenny McLean, Wolves have now gone three games without keeping a clean sheet.

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That record has coincided with Romain Saiss leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Wolves kept Sheffield United at bay last month in the first game without him.

But since then, Wolves have been unable to record clean sheets against Southampton, Brentford and now Norwich.

Saiss recently returned to Wolves after Morocco went out of AFCON to Egypt at the quarter-final stage.

He was available to face Norwich, but Lage felt it best to give him time to recover after going to Cameroon. Toti Gomes continued on the left of the back three.

Saiss return could settle Wolves

Wolves haven’t missed Saiss massively since he’s been away.

Gomes has done well in his absence and can be pleased with what he has shown.

But Wolves are undoubtedly better off with him in the starting XI, and he will surely be brought back into the starting XI for Thursday’s match against Arsenal.

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Wolves had been so good at the back in the weeks leading up to Saiss’ departure.

Hopefully the £22,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) being back in the picture will bring a natural calming effect.