Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Training

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The potentially lethal combination Wolves fans won't get to see for a long time yet

Wolves fans were rocked by news a few days ago that Sasa Kalajdzic has suffered an ACL injury.

The 25-year-old joined the club from Stuttgart, and had been brought in as competition for Raul Jimenez.

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Wanderers have been struggling to score goals for a couple of years now, and the Austria international was signed to give the team something different up top.

He was handed a start against Southampton last Saturday, but would only last 45 minutes after landing awkwardly just before half-time.

Wolves informed supporters on Sunday evening that Kalajdzic suffered ACL damage, and there was a further update from SPORTBILD’s chief reporter than the player has a tear and is undergoing surgery.

It is rotten luck for Kalajdzic, and a hammer blow for Wolves who are now turning to the free agent market. Diego Costa is reportedly now in England to have a medical at the club.

Whether he signs or not though is touch and go. Wolves are currently trying to solve a work permit issue.

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Kalajdzic is now facing months on the sidelines, and he will find company in the gym and around Compton Park in the form of Chiquinho, who also suffered an ACL injury in pre-season.

Chiquinho sustained his in a game against Burnley and is also out for months.

News of Chiquinho’s injury was extremely sad, because the youngster had been one of Wolves’ best performers towards the end of the 2021/22 season.

Hopes were very high for the electric youngster ahead of this campaign.

With Chiquinho and Kalajdzic both out for long periods, it is hard not to think about the potentially lethal partnership they could forge on the pitch.

Chiquinho and Kalajdzic could have been a lethal duo at Molineux

One of the most impressive parts of Chiquinho’s game last season was his ability to cross.

His ball in for Conor Coady in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea back in May was brilliant, and his pace is frightening.

Kalajdzic, being 6ft 7in, is someone that could have benefited majorly from playing with Chiquinho and his ability to be direct and get the ball in the box.

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It is potentially going to be a long time before Wolves fans get to watch these two play together. And there is no guarantee they actually ever will.

But hopefully all goes well with both their recoveries, and they can come back stronger for Wolves in the future.