Wolves star Podence all but ruled out of Man City clash - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

10th May, 2022 | 2:28pm

Medical expert issues 'critical' Daniel Podence claim after official Wolves update

It is highly unlikely that Wolves star Daniel Podence will return to fitness in time to face Man City on Wednesday (11 May).

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Wolves have taken just one point from their last four matches while Podence, 26, has been out with a toe injury.

The Portuguese winger has not yet returned to full training at Compton ahead of the mid-week clash against the league leaders at Molineux.

Wolves claimed that “which match will mark his [Podence’s] return is yet to be confirmed” in an official update on Monday (9 May).

And Dinnery suggests that it would be a turn up for the books if he recovers in time for the meeting with City without having completed “critical” pre-match training sessions.

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“He is still not taking part in full sessions,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“When a player hasn’t trained fully, there are always going to be question marks over his availability.

“Is he going to be in a position where he can contribute fully? No. I don’t want to categorically rule him out but it doesn’t look good.

“Unless he can string a few full sessions together consecutively, he won’t play. That’s always the critical issue in these cases.”

Podence has registered six goals and three assists in 29 appearances so far this term.

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