Wolves boss Nuno Santo has provided an encouraging injury update over one of his key stars this week after concerns surfaced during their latest league outing.
The west Midlanders played out the third game in a month against Manchester United as they drew 0-0 at Old Trafford.
During the first-half, Adama Traore’s shoulder popped out of place once again but managed to continue on after assistance from the club doctor, before suffering a leg injury that forced him to be substituted in the 76th minute.
Speaking after the game, Nuno somewhat allayed fears.
“I know he’s in a lot of pain. He dislocated his shoulder and Matt [Perry], the doctor, managed to put it back again.
“He had another kick in the end, so he’s on ice now. But I think it’s nothing serious.
“It happened before, Tottenham. He’s a strong boy. He’ll be OK, hopefully.”
Wolves boss Nuno Santo, post-game vs Man Utd.
Wolves now embark on the Premier League’s first winter break, which means they are without another fixture for the next two weeks – next up is Midlands rivals Leicester City on Valentine’s Day.
This gives the side a perfect opportunity to recharge their batteries, and above, recover from any outstanding injuries. So whatever Traore picked up against United will surely be fine to have him fit in time for their next outing.
Nuno is taking his side back to Marbella for warm-weather training, although it will be far from a holiday as it’s more of a training camp, as the Portuguese boss explained in a recent interview.
Traore’s breakthrough this campaign has been impressive, resulting in him being integral to the 3-4-3 system they deploy, with his 15 goal contributions in 36 matches a small mark on his impact so far.
No player in the top-flight can match his dribbling numbers with the 24-year-old averaging 5.5 per game, next best is Wilfried Zaha with 4.8 per game, via WhoScored.