Wolverhampton Wanderers have been dealt a major blow regarding the fitness of Francisco Trincao ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash.
According to a report by the Shropshire Star, the Barcelona loanee looks extremely unlikely to feature in Wolves trip to Aston Villa this Saturday, as the winger has fallen ill and, as a result, is currently completing an isolation period away from the squad.
The report continued to reveal that the 21-year-old – who was a late addition to the Portugal squad, replacing the injured Rafa Silva – returned a positive test for the global pandemic upon his arrival for international duty with Fernando Santos’ side, with his isolation period in Portugal due to end on Sunday – the day after Wolves’ clash with Villa.
Considering just how impressive Trincao has been since joining Wolves on a temporary basis this summer, the news that the forward looks set to be unavailable for the trip to Villa Park this weekend is sure to have left fans gutted.
Indeed, while the £19.8m-rated man is yet to get himself on the scoresheet, or provide his teammates with an assist, in any of his six Premier League appearances for Bruno Lage’s side, the winger has nevertheless wowed at Molineux, taking an average of 2.5 shots, making one key pass and completing 3.2 dribbles per game.
These returns have seen the player John Ruddy dubbed an “assured” talent earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.90, ranking him as Wolves’ joint eighth-best performer in the top flight this term.
As such, with both Lage and fans of the club undoubtedly hoping for a win against their West Midlands rivals on Saturday, the absence of the £140k-per-week Trincao is sure to come as a blow to all involved with Wolves.