Following on from their disheartening 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in their previous Premier League outing thanks to a very late winner from Divock Origi, Wolves have another tough test coming up this weekend with a trip to face Manchester City.
Speaking ahead of the match against Pep Guardiola’s side, who are currently top of the league table with 32 goals scored and just nine conceded with 15 games played, Old Gold manager Bruno Lage revealed some news in his latest press conference which will have a lot of Wolves fans buzzing.
The 45-year-old revealed that Molineux duo Conor Coady and Rayan Ait-Nouri are fit enough to play against the reigning champions after it came out that the club captain had been carrying an injury in recent weeks; and with the 20-year-old being forced off the pitch in the game against Liverpool, it will be a big relief to everyone at the club to have both available for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
With Ait-Nouri racking up more tackles per game (3.9) than any other Wolves player in the league, as well as an overall season rating of 7.07/10 for his performances – making him their joint-highest rated player according to WhoScored – it’s easy to see why his availability will be a big boost for the Midlands side when they face City.
As for Coady, given his experience and reliability for Wolves over the years as well as his leadership on the pitch as captain, it’s safe to say that he’ll be an important figure for them again this weekend and desperate to stop City from scoring.
Looking ahead to the match on Saturday, with Wolves only conceding 13 goals so far this season in the league, four more than leaders City, Lage and the Molineux club’s fans will have the belief that they will be able to go to the Etihad and come away with a positive result, which they almost managed to do against Liverpool last weekend, especially with Coady and Ait-Nouri available.
Moving beyond the City match, with Wolves set to take on Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in their next five league games, Lage and everyone else at Molineux will be hoping that the aforementione defenders will remain fit for those festive fixtures as well.