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Wolves head coach Nuno confirms 3 key players likely to miss Man City clash

Wolves head coach Nuno confirms 3 key players likely to miss Man City clash

Nuno on Adama, Jimenez & Willian Jose

Wolves lost Raul Jimenez to a serious head injury in the 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates earlier on in the season. It was confirmed that the Mexican international had suffered a fractured skull.

Wolves Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo has now provided a positive update on the striker and mentioned that he’s begun to integrate into specific parts of training.

“Very positive. Thank god he’s okay. He’s started to integrate some part of the training session,” said Nuno.

“He’s avoiding any sort of contact situations.”

Raul Jimenez

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 4, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Wolves brought in Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose in January to provide cover for the injured Jimenez, with Nuno praising the Brazilian ahead of Manchester City:

“We’ve been pleased. He joins us late, started immediately with the team in a tight schedule.”

“It’s a process that we are trying to speed up. We expect things to improve regarding spaces, finishing the actions. Hopefully that will come.”

One thing which Nuno was asked rather amusingly about was the tactic Adama Traore has been seen using to stop opponents from grabbing him whilst running. Videos have seen the Spaniard applying baby oil to his arms so opposition players cannot get a grip on the winger.

“It’s not my idea but it’s a good idea. The medical department suggested it because of an injury on his shoulder which came from holding off his arm. That was an option to avoid it,” he said,

Nuno confirms injuries

Wolves go in to their midweek clash with Manchester City knowing that they will be without some key first-team players including the aforementioned Raul Jimenez.

Centre-half Willy Boly, forward Daniel Podence and Brazilian full-back Marcal are expected to miss the game.

 “(We have the) same problems that we had. Some players are getting better, but basically the same. You can assume (they won’t be involved), but you cannot be sure!” said Nuno.

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)

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)

However, when pressed, he was more sure they would miss the game.

“It is likely that Boly, Podence and Marcal will miss tomorrow’s game.”

With a number of first-team players unavailable to Nuno for the match against the title favourites this season, anything more than a point in the game will likely be taken as a positive. Manchester City could move on to 21 consecutive wins should they manage to beat Wolves.

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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