Ki-Jana Hoever has not been able to feature for Wolves since he went off injured against Crystal Palace.
The Dutch defender only lasted midway through the first-half of the game back in February.
He was withdrawn and replaced by Jonny Castro Otto and afterwards, Bruno Lage criticised Hoever publicly for a lack of preparation.
There is no situation, but it will have been frustrating for Hoever to be injured after the dressing down.
He’ll have no doubt wanted to be available for selection to try and get back into the good books.
Hoever was back in training for Wolves last week, but didn’t make the matchday squad against Newcastle United.
The game might have come a bit too soon for him, but it will be interesting to see if he’s included in the next one.
One wonders if Hoever is really up against it now to get minutes before the end of the season.
And Lage made some comments that perhaps cast further doubt on him having much involvement.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “Chem (Campbell) has worked a lot with us but when we have a space on the bench I prefer Chiquinho instead of Chem because Chiquinho can play as an attacking right-back.”
Chiquinho was signed by Wolves in January and has made a handful of cameo appearances so far.
The youngster has looked really lively at times. And the manager has been pleased with what he has seen from him.
The wing-back comment is undoubtedly not great news for £13.5 million signing Hoever (BBC Sport).
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Lage seeing Chiquinho as an option to play as an attacking right wing-back is a real blow for Hoever.
He already has big competition for that right wing-back position in the form of Nelson Semedo and Jonny Castro Otto.
Lage is clearly a big fan of Chiquinho, and it’s possible he’ll turn to him at wing-back in the future.
Quite possibly, there may be conversations this summer about Hoever heading out on loan somewhere.
Although perhaps if Fernando Marcal left, and Jonny moved over to the left that might mean he sticks around