Wolves are facing Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday – and it will be a very interesting night for Fabio Silva.

The striker has warmed the bench all season so far following the arrival of Bruno Lage.

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He has not yet started in the Premier League, making seven substitute appearances for a total of just 34 minutes.

Lage has understandably put his full trust in Raul Jimenez up to now.

The striker is just so important to Wolves. He was obviously badly missed last season as he recovered from his fractured skull.

But the 30-year-old will be unavailable on Wednesday, after foolishly getting sent off against Manchester City at the weekend.

He was unlucky to be cautioned in the first instance. But to then not retreat as City were taking the free-kick was asking for trouble.

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Lage now has some thinking to do ahead of Brighton.

When he decided to rest Jimenez against Aston Villa back in October, the manager used Hwang Hee-chan and Adama Traore in a partnership up top.

One way or the other, it is going to be telling night for young Silva.

Fabio Silva might be heading for a loan if he doesn’t play much against Brighton

The amount of minutes Fabio Silva gets against the Seagulls will be interesting.

He is the only other striker in the Wolves first-team.

So if he is overlooked again here, against a team that will have a number of absentees, then it will say it all.

Really on the face of it, it should be his chance to shine.

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But based off how little he has featured so far, and what Lage did against Villa, it would be no surprise if he didn’t start or didn’t get many minutes off the bench.

Should that be the case, it’s hard to look past the striker heading out on loan in January. Because he surely won’t feature against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

That said, Wolves would need to bring in a replacement if they were going to go down that route.

Jeff Shi raved about Silva earlier this year. The executive chairman will surely hope to see him get a chance to prove himself against the Seagulls.

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