Wolves are not in the best run of form at the moment, having lost three of their last five Premier League games.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks and months, it seems as though the Midlands club will also have to make do without one prominent figure for the time being.
In a recent tweet from journalist John Percy, Nelson Semedo is set to be out of action for four to eight weeks after picking up a hamstring injury during Wolves’ recent 2-1 defeat against Arsenal.
Described as being a “big blow for Bruno Lage”, the journalist also added that the defender’s earliest return could be in April after the international break, following scans this week.
Having started 23 of the Old Gold’s 26 league games so far this season, it’s safe to say that the Portuguese defender has been a pivotal figure for the team, explaining why Percy thinks his absence will be a big setback for his manager.
In addition to his constant presence in the team, the 28-year-old has also shown with his performances how important he is for the club. WhoScored list him as the fifth-highest rated outfield player currently in Lage’s squad to has started more than two league games this season, with an overall rating of 6.8/10.
As a result of Semedo’s injury, Lage chose to play Ki-Jana Hoever in their previous league game against West Ham United, which they lost 1-0.
During the match at the London Stadium, the 20-year-old full-back lost possession of the ball 20 times and only won four of his 10 duels, ultimately earning himself an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.3/10 from SofaScore.
Taking into account how long the former Barcelona defender is going to be out of action, Hoever will need to improve his performances if he wants to stay in the team moving forward and show his manager that he has what it takes to fill in for his injured team-mate for the next few weeks.
Lage and everyone at Molineux will undoubtedly be hoping that Semedo can make a speedy recovery and get back out on the pitch as soon as possible to help them try and secure European football for next season.