Wolves have the chance to secure a much-needed Premier League victory this evening as the Old Gold welcome Watford to Molineux, who will also be keen on picking up a positive result to try and get themselves out of the relegation zone before the end of the season.
With three defeats in their past three league outings, things haven’t been particularly positive for the Midlands club in recent weeks.
Now with this next game just hours away, it seems as though Wolves have been handed a double injury blow which will surely be a big concern for Bruno Lage.
According to a recent Twitter post from Tim Spiers, the Old Gold will be without Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever for tonight’s clash.
The Portuguese international was forced off the pitch with a hamstring injury during the 2-1 defeat away at Arsenal and will be out of action for the next few weeks, whereas Hoever unfortunately picked up an injury during the recent 2-0 loss against Crystal Palace in the first half.
Given how the pair play in the same position, this will undoubtedly weaken the right-wing back area of the pitch for the Old Gold and be a massive blow for Lage who will surely be furious with the situation.
Semedo has been a consistent part of the team this term, featuring in 23 matches and ranking as the manager’s eighth-best performer in the top-flight so filling his boost won’t be easy.
The situation is made worse by who may have to deputise. It seems as though the former Benfica manager will have to rely on Jonny Otto to fill in for the injured duo, which may not be ideal for the team given how he’s not long recovered from a long-term knee injury and could be in danger of doing too much too soon as a result of the injuries to Semedo and Hoever.
However, with the Spaniard managing to win seven of the 13 duels he was involved in after replacing the 20-year-old at the weekend, as well as making one key pass and completing 100% of the dribbles he attempted, this could make him a suitable option for the time being, as long as he keeps his fitness up and gets back into the rhythm of the game after such a long time out.
Moving forward, with tonight’s opponents having lost 18 of their 27 played league games so far this season, everyone at Molineux supporting the home side will be expecting a big performance and all three points, or else there could be a major cause for concern at the Midlands club.