A major injury setback has emerged regarding Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan, who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The club have officially confirmed that the attacker will be out of action until February after injuring his hamstring in the win over Brighton earlier this month.
He was subbed off in the 16th minute against the Seagulls after pulling up whilst holding his leg and he is now set to be out for the next five weeks at least.
Wolves fans will surely be fuming with this update, which comes as a big body blow to the club heading into the January fixtures.
Bruno Lage’s side have only scored 13 goals in their 18 league matches to date and Hwang has netted four of those, which highlights both the club’s struggles in front of goal and how important the Korean has been. He has been a bright spark in a side devoid of attacking quality and they will now miss his talents throughout January and potentially some of February.
The 25-year-old has four goals in 11 Premier League starts, whilst also creating seven chances – including one ‘big chance’ – to show off the other side of his game. Although he is yet to register an assist, his underlying statistics suggest that he is doing almost everything he can to link up the play at the top end of the pitch.
Raul Jimenez (three) is the only other player in the squad who has scored more than two league goals, which shows how much they have relied on Hwang to find the back of the net.
His absence will leave a sizeable hole up front and the other players in the squad now need to step up to show that they are good enough to be relied upon by Lage moving forward. The likes of Francisco Trincao, Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Fabio Silva are all yet to score their first league goal of the campaign, but now is their time to shine.
Hwang’s team-mates’ lack of quality in the final third this season is why Wolves fans will be fuming that he is now set to miss a number of matches. The others are yet to show that they have what it takes to win matches, whereas the 25-year-old has, and supporters will be gutted that the loanee will not be lining out at Molineux in the coming weeks.