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Explanation provided for Marçal missing Wolves’ meeting with Leeds

Explanation provided for Marçal missing Wolves’ meeting with Leeds

Lage gives update on Marçal

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continued their solid record against Leeds United in recent meetings with Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit after they battled to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. They had to do so, though, without first-choice left-back Marçal.

According to Wolves boss Bruno Lage, Marçal failed to make either the match day XI or the match day squad overall due to a calf injury that the Brazilian defender is dealing with.

It was the first time this season that Marçal did not feature in the Wolves team under his new manager, after Lage replaced the Tottenham-bound Nuno Espírito Santo this summer.

Despite sitting on the wrong side of thirty at 32-years-old, the Gremio youth academy graduate and former Olympique Lyonnais fullback has already logged more minutes in eight starts this campaign than he did in the whole of 2020-21 under Espírito Santo, when he featured on fourteen occasions across all competitions.

Wolves down to bare bones at left-back

Bruno Lage could well be concerned for a decent period, if it turns out that Marçal could miss any considerable amount of time in the wake of his calf issue. An injury to the Brazilian would see the Portuguese manager stripped of two of his three options at left-back.

Spanish defender Jonny Otto is already out with a knee injury with an unclear timetable for his return, meaning that Lage would have to turn to 5-times-capped French U21 international Rayan Aït-Nouri to fill the void on the left side of the defense.

Explanation provided for Marçal missing Wolves’ meeting with Leeds

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Rayan Ait-Nouri of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Aït-Nouri made a permanent move to Molineux this summer, in a deal that saw Wolves shell out £9.5 million to Ligue 1 outfit SCO Angers after the French youth international had come to the club on loan in 2020-21 under Espírito Santo.

As a long term option, the highly touted youngster makes a whole lot of sense for the club especially after he started eight of Wolves’ last-nine league fixtures at the end of last season.

Still, he has failed to become first-choice at the club, and this is the perfect time for him to put his credentials on display once more if he is to fight for more minutes under Lage.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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