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Ruben Neves walking a tightrope for Wolves after picking up nine yellow cards

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has been in sensational form this season.

He has undoubtedly gone to another level under Bruno Lage, and the plaudits for him have been plentiful for him this season.

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It has been a great campaign for the 25-year-old, who has played a key role in Wolves making a challenge for European football.

But there is one thing that Neves probably does need to work on – his discipline.

Right now, no player in the Premier League has picked up more yellow cards than the Portugal international.

He is tied with Leeds United’s Junior Firpo on nine so far.

That means the player is very much walking a tightrope. If he picks up another caution before or during Wolves’ 32nd Premier League fixture, he will receive a two-match ban.

That means Neves will have to get through games against Leeds United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United to avoid that ban.

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It is not an ideal situation.

Not only is Neves a really good passer of the ball, but he is fairly combative.

The star likes to put a foot in, meaning there is always a fair risk he could be shown a yellow card.

Neves being unavailable for two matches for Wolves at such an important stage of the season would be a big blow.

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Neves being on nine yellow cards is not good.

In fairness, he managed to avoid his 10th in the last five matches.

But he really needs to be careful in these next few games now. The last thing Wolves need is their best player absent for two matches.

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Wolves just aren’t the same when he doesn’t play.

It could be that Lage has to rotate him out for one of these upcoming games, just to try and get past that 32nd game.

Neves is an amazing player, but he definitely does need to cut down the amount of bookings he gets.