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Chiquinho injury blow may force Wolves to change stance on Adama Traore

Wolves fans were dismayed to learn at the weekend that Chiquinho has suffered an ACL injury.

The young winger suffered the setback in a behind-closed-doors friendly match with Burnley on Saturday.

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Chiquinho had got himself on the scoresheet in the 3-0 win.

But he would then collide with a Clarets defender, and the 22-year-old is unfortunately now looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

He will undergo surgery, with rehabilitation to follow.

It is a frustrating blow for Wolves, with Chiquinho a player who really caught the eye last season after joining from Estoril.

Many fans were really excited to see him potentially get more game time in 2022/23.

But he will now miss a large chunk of the new season as he recovers, and one wonders if this could now potentially change Wolves’ stance on Adama Traore.

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The club have been expected to sell the Spaniard, who only has a year left on his contract at Molineux. TEAMtalk reported recently that Wanderers would accept under £20 million for him this summer.

He won’t sign an extension at Molineux, and the indications have been that Wanderers will offload him this summer.

But this injury for Chiquinho may now force Wolves into a re-think.

Chiquinho was someone who could have taken over Traore’s mantle at Molineux. They are very similar in terms of play style.

But the youngster will now be missing for months, begging the question: can Wolves really now afford to lose Traore?

Wolves may seek to keep Traore in light of Chiquinho ACL injury

The Chiquinho injury blow is massively frustrating.

Wolves fans simply want to see new faces, and it just seems as though the squad is getting thinner and thinner.

One does wonder if this development could now mean Traore is more likely to stay at Molineux.

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Perhaps the club will feel there is now more value in keeping the star.

Traore is explosive, unpredictable and entirely different to all the other forward options.

Wolves are losing those qualities with Chiquinho, so Bruno Lage may now fight against any desire to offload Traore.