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Dave Edwards says Wolves struggled against Aston Villa after losing Daniel Podence

Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has suggested the team struggled against Aston Villa after losing Daniel Podence to injury.

Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw last week, and it was Podence who opened the scoring for the visitors.

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The Portuguese played a one-two with Joao Moutinho, before firing unleashing a brilliant strike with his weak foot into the far corner.

Unfortunately for Wolves, Podence only lasted the first-half of the game.

He was replaced by Adama Traore at half-time, and the knock he picked up would rule him out of the FA Cup clash with Liverpool on Saturday.

It is unclear at this stage whether the issue will keep him out of the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Edwards has been speaking about the Villa game in his latest E&S column.

He feels as though the loss of Podence was a major factor in Wolves not holding out for a win.

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He said: “And the game flipped in the second half, you always felt Villa would have a big reaction, and the main reason that Wolves struggled was Daniel Podence going off with a knock, he is one of the last players you want to get injured right now.

“Losing him meant it changed the way they played, without him, they struggled to sustain any attacks.”

It was indeed a blow for Wolves to lose Podence. Especially after he scored such a great goal. His confidence would have been high after that.

This season, the 27-year-old has been more productive in the final third.

He creates a lot of chances, and has managed to score four goals so far in the Premier League.

Daniel Podence is having a good season with Wolves and Julen Lopetegui needs him fit

Wolves losing Podence at half-time against Villa seemingly did have a negative impact on the team.

Villa were more threatening in the second-half, and Wolves had lost their spark.

Podence can be frustrating sometimes. But there’s no doubt he makes things happen for Wolves.

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Julen Lopetegui has called on him a lot so far since taking over. It’s clear the manager rates him highly.

Hopefully this injury will not keep him out for too long. Wolves do have solid options to replace him, but arguably no one is as good in terms of creating chances.