Wolves are in Premier League action again tonight as Bruno Lage’s side travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.
The Old Gold opened up a significant points gap on their Midlands rivals Aston Villa last time out after beating them 2-1 at Molineux last weekend.
Heading into their latest away clash, it seems that Wolves have been handed a big fitness boost to one of their key figures.
What’s the news?
According to a recent tweet from journalist Tim Spiers, Lage said in his latest press conference that Nelson Semedo, who has been out injured for the past few weeks, had a good full week of training leading up to tonight’s showdown.
Having been fit enough to make the bench for the Villa game, it could be safe to assume that the wing-back has now regained his full fitness after being out of action since February with a hamstring injury.
Prior to suffering this injury during Wolves’ defeat at Arsenal, the Portuguese defender had played in all but two of the club’s Premier League games, showing just how pivotal he has been for Lage.
Great news for Lage
To highlight how significant the 28-year-old is for his team, the wing-back has racked up a total of 27 live-passes which have led to a shot at goal, the fifth-highest of any player currently at the club.
From a defensive point of view, only Ruben Neves (41) and Joao Moutinho (48) have won more tackles than Semedo (38), showing how capable he is in terms of his defensive duties as well as going forward.
Taking all this into account, it will surely be great news for Lage to have the former Barcelona ace back available tonight with a full week of training behind him.
Even though he got on the scoresheet against Steven Gerrard’s side on Saturday, Jonny Otto may now see his place in the team called into question after he gave the ball away 14 times at the weekend, in addition to committing three fouls.
Who should start against Newcastle?
If Semedo is ready to get back on the pitch in terms of his fitness, then he should definitely be in Lage’s thoughts when the 45-year-old is putting his starting XI together in a few hours’ time.