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Podence confirms fresh adductor injury as Jonny Otto closes on return for Wolves

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Daniel Podence of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, England. 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 Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Podence confirms injury

Wolves supporters will be waking up to further negative news, as their Portuguese forward Daniel Podence has confirmed that he will be unavailable for selection for a number of weeks having suffered a fresh adductor injury.

The Portuguese international took to his Instagram page to reveal the nature of the affliction which is likely to keep him out for as long as 6 weeks:

‘Unfortunately injuries are following me these times… now in the adductor. I will recover very well and return at 150%. Always happy because I have more reasons to smile than cry. And supporting my team in the next 5/6 weeks 🙏🏼 thank you for supporting me👋🏼 he wrote.


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Nuno Espírito Santo will be looking to his other forwards to take charge during this period, including the likes of Pedro Neto and Adama Traore.

Jonny closes on return

However, Nuno did provide positive news regarding Spanish full-back Jonny Otto. The former Celta Vigo defender has not played a single match this season, having been out with a serious injury, but is back in full training and edging closer to a return to the pitch.

“He’s close, he’s closer. He’s been working with us. Not all the situations, but it’s all according to plan,” Nuno said ahead of the match with Leicester City.

“He’s travelling to have an opinion from the surgeon and after that, I’m positive in a couple weeks more he will be ready to go.”

Otto was also shown in full training scoring an impressive goal which should fill supporters with more confidence of an imminent return to the field:

Otto’s return will come as a huge boost for Nuno, who has been forced to field a number of players in unorthodox roles due to injuries this season, with Brazilian defender Marcal – Jonny’s cover at left-back – also suffering with a knock.

Wolves full-back Jonny Otto pictured in training ahead of Leicester

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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