Wolves are going to be without Ruben Neves for at least a month.
The club said yesterday that the star has sustained medial collateral ligament damage against Leeds United.
He was forced to come off midway through the first-half of that game, and fans have been patiently waiting for an update.
It arrived yesterday, and it’s not good news.
Neves will be out until May, and it might be that he doesn’t actually play again this season.
It depends on how his recovery goes. But it’s a massive blow for Wanderers, with Neves one of the standout performers for the team this season.
It’s likely that Leander Dendoncker will come in to replace Neves.
Aside from the Belgian, youngster Luke Cundle is the only other option available for Lage.
One wonders if there are now a few regrets over letting Bruno Jordao leave the club on loan in January.
The 23-year-old joined Grasshoppers in order to get out and play senior football, after recently returning from a serious knee injury.
He said that he needed minutes and in the end, his move to Switzerland was facilitated.
It was always going to be a slightly risky call given Wolves’ lack of depth when it comes to central midfield.
Wolves could do with Jordao following Neves injury update
We are at the stage of the season now where fatigue starts to set in.
There’s potential for players to pick up muscular injuries, so it’s important for squads to be well covered.
Wolves are now down to just Moutinho and Dendoncker, with Cundle an inexperienced option.
Moutinho is obviously 35 and will perhaps need rotating here and there. And any of the three could pick up injuries at any point just like Neves.
Wolves will cope, but the decision to send Jordao looks slightly hasty now.
Obviously he himself doesn’t have that much experience of playing for Wolves’ first-team. But Lage is now down to the barebones and another body in the squad would ideal.