Wolves are facing West Ham United in the Premier League today, and it’s likely Nelson Semedo won’t be available.
The wing-back was forced off during the midweek defeat to Arsenal.
Semedo was down for a few minutes receiving treatment before making his exit, and Wolves face not being able to call on him today.
Semedo has been in fantastic form this season for Wanderers.
He has really improved since Bruno Lage came in, and has been a superb outlet for Wolves on the right-hand side.
Him not being unavailable would be a big blow. Lage has actually said ‘we don’t have Semedo, but we will find good solutions for Sunday’. It will be interesting to see how the manager covers him.
Of course, on Thursday, Jonny Castro Otto replaced Semedo in the game, marking his comeback from a second serious knee injury.
Interestingly, Ki-Jana Hoever was not included in the matchday squad for the second game running.
Hoever has been playing second fiddle to Semedo since the pair both arrived at the club in the summer of 2020.
The Dutchman, who cost the club £13.5 million in total from Liverpool (BBC Sport), has only made 23 first-team appearances for Wanderers, compared to 61 for Semedo.
While Hoever has largely looked decent when called upon, he has been unable to dislodge the Portugal international.
Today’s teamsheet will be interesting. Semedo’s been constantly available for Wolves since his transfer, and he rarely gets injured.
It could be a big blow for Hoever if Lage turns to Jonny instead of him, which is a real possibility.
Today could be a big day in Hoever’s Wolves career
Jonny may be right-footed, but he is primarily a left wing-back. But he replaced Semedo on Thursday, and it’s quite possible the Spaniard could get the nod today.
Such an outcome would be a big blow for Hoever, who has had to be extremely patient during his time at Molineux.
It would be a real shame for him if he was not picked to start today.
He’s shown – like against Chelsea in December – that he is a good back-up for Semedo. So to get overlooked in favour of the returning Jonny, who actually didn’t look totally comfortable on Thursday, would be a real kick in the teeth for him.
If Hoever does come in to start, he absolutely has to take the opportunity.
A sub-par display would potentially mean he won’t play very much at all between now and the end of the season.