Wolves fans have been rocked by the news that Raul Jimenez will miss the start of the 2022/23 season.
New came through yesterday that the striker will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering MCL and adductor injuries.
It is a huge blow for Wolves, who just loaned out Fabio Silva to Anderlecht.
Bruno Lage does still have Patrick Cutrone and Leo Bonatini.
But neither player went on the trip to Alicante and both are not thought to be in the thoughts of the manager.
Wolves fans have now been clamouring for the arrival of a new centre-forward.
There is surely no chance that that doesn’t happen, it’s just a matter of when he comes in.
Journalist Liam Keen has suggested Wolves won’t be rushed despite Jimenez’s injury.
Lage apparently has faith in his other forward options to provide temporary cover.
One man the club will be hoping to thrive in Jimenez’s absence is Pedro Neto, who has previous in this situation.
In the 2020/21 season, Neto was absolutely superb for Wolves and really stepped up to the plate after the number nine suffered his fractured skull against Arsenal.
He was a constant threat, and chipped in with a few goals and assists as Wolves struggled as a collective.
Jimenez is not out of action once again – and Neto is needed to shine once more.
Pedro Neto has looked lively in pre-season and can help Wolves cope without Jimenez again
Neto scored three goals and made four assists after Jimenez sustained his injury. One of those goals came in the game it happened against Arsenal.
He’s got previous for performing in the absence of the 31-year-old.
Neto has been one of Wolves’ best performers so far in pre-season and looks like he could really hit the ground running in 2022/23.
And Wolves desperately need him to now.