Max Kilman has branded Romain Saiss ‘brilliant’, with the star now heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Bruno Lage will now be racking his brains to try and figure out how best to cover the 31-year-old’s absence.

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It will be no easy task.

Saiss has been in amazing form this season, starting every Premier League game so far.

The star has been extremely effective operating on the left of the back three, and there are big shoes to fill now for whoever replaces him.

Dion Sanderson has just been recalled from his loan from Birmingham City so he is an option.

Lage could also turn to one of Fernando Marcal, Leander Dendoncker, or Ki-Jana Hoever.

Hopefully, Saiss absence will not cause too much disruption for Wolves, and Conor Coady and Kilman can continue shining.

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Kilman has been a revelation this season, and the 24-year-old has been speaking about Saiss’ temporary departure.

He said after the victory over Manchester United: “He’s been brilliant. Him and Conor have been fantastic this season and have helped me so much as well, so he will be a big miss, but we’ll see what happens. 

“We’ll start preparing after this game as it’s the first time we’re going to lose him, but we’ll go from there. There’s fantastic defenders and players in this team, so whoever is playing in that position can do a job.”

Max Kilman is spot on – Romain Saiss has been brilliant for Wolves in 2021/22

Saiss certainly has been fantastic for Wolves this season.

It’s difficult to recall the star playing better football in the old gold shirt than right now.

He really has found a totally different level under this manager, and the way he works with Kilman, Coady and Jose Sa is completely refreshing.

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Wolves were absolutely all over the place defensively last term.

So to see this newfound solidity is surprising as it is amazing.

It is certainly now going to be very interesting to see how Wolves fare without one of their key cogs.

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