The Old Gold have struggled immensely in front of goal so far this campaign, with a lack of options in attack undoubtedly playing a big part in Bruno Lage’s sacking earlier in the season.
The Portuguese manager was forced to cope without Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto after they picked up injuries earlier in the campaign, while new signing Sasa Kalajdzic injured his ACL on his debut against Southampton.
Adama Traore has also spent time on the sidelines for the Midlands outfit and new manager Julen Lopetegui will need as many of his attacking players as possible to be fit when the Premier League resumes if he is going to turn their awful start to the season around.
Therefore, he will not be impressed to see that Wolves wide man Hwang Hee-Chan was ruled out once again yesterday as South Korea lost 3-2 against South Korea in Qatar.
The former RB Leipzig man has been struggling with his hamstring recently and even if he does return against Portugal in their final group game, it will perhaps be too little too late for the Taegeuk Warriors, as only a win against Portugal will give them a chance of reaching the knockout stages.
It has been a tough start to the new term for the £14m signing, who caught the eye on occasion last season as he hit five goals and one assist in the Premier League for the Old Gold, which led Lage to label him a “top player” after a 2-0 win over Watford.
He has so far been unable to replicate that goalscoring form, with no goals and just one assist to his name in 11 top-flight appearances, although most of his time on the pitch has been from the bench.
There was perhaps hope among Wolves fans that time at the World Cup, where Hwang is one of South Korea’s star attackers alongside Heung-Min Son, would help rebuild his confidence ahead of the Premier League’s return after Christmas, as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship.
However, it seems as if he won’t return to Molineux fully fit, which is yet another blow to Lopetegui’s hopes of curing Wolves’ attacking woes.