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Why Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves in home clash against Southampton

Why Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves in home clash against Southampton

Neves missing for Southampton clash

Wolves are in the midst of a key Premier League clash against Southampton at Molineux Stadium this afternoon with a chance of climbing into the top-seven at the expense of Manchester United and Brighton on the cards, but will be made to search for three points without key midfielder Rúben Neves.

According to Express and Star correspondent Liam Keen, the 24-year-old Portuguese international is out after a positive Covid diagnosis.

The same can be said for 19-year-old right-back Ki-Jana Hoever, who also missed the third-round FA Cup clash that saw Wolves run out 3-0 winners in front of the home support.

That made way for 22-year-old Toti Gomes to make his full debut for Wolves, who otherwise saw a near full-strength XI called upon by boss Bruno Lage apart from the double absence of Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan.

Wolves’ battle for top seven continues

Bruno Lage continues to receive justifiable credit in his first season at the helm at Wolves after the club has gotten back on track to where former boss Nuno Espírito Santo originally piloted them in the aftermath of their promotion back in 2018.

Why Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves in home clash against Southampton

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks dejected as he walks past Bruno Lage the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after being shown a red card by referee Jonathan Moss during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on December 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

NES was the mastermind behind back-to-back 7th place finishes at Molineux, which netted him the job at Tottenham. Though that did not exactly work out for the Portuguese manager, he did show during his time at Wolves that the club was entirely capable of competing with the big boys in the top echelon of the Premier League.

Wolves are not without their flaws despite their place in the table and the possibility of climbing into seventh with a win today, in conjunction with a Manchester United loss against Aston Villa.

The club has managed to find the back of the net just fourteen times this season, with only bottom-dwelling Norwich scoring fewer (8) before hostilities kicked off today.

But at the end of the day, if Wolves manage to get back to where they started, no one will complain too much if Europe comes calling.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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