Medical expert: Wolves star Nelson Semedo could be derailed for all of next season
Wolves star Nelson Semedo will struggle to reach peak fitness throughout all of 2022-23 if he misses pre-season.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Semedo, 28, is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Wolves revealed on Monday (9 May) that the Portuguese right-back has undergone surgery and is expected to return in August after a closely supervised rehabilitation plan.
Wolves host Spanish side Celta Vigo in their final pre-season match ahead of 2022-23 on 7 August.
And Dinnery explained how Semedo’s absence for the entirety of the pre-season programme could derail him next term.
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“Statistically, the more hours and sessions you do in pre-season, the better equipped you are to cope with the demands of the upcoming season,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“By missing that, you’re never able to replicate the intensity of pre-season completely. You’ll either be training in individually or in small numbers.
“You aren’t able to fully replicate what squads go through in pre-season because once the season starts, the games are coming thick and fast. There isn’t time.
“We’ve seen time and time again players who don’t get a full season under the belt or who are disrupted in some way struggle throughout the season.”
Semedo has chipped in with one goal and one assist in 28 appearances this season.
Wolves, who were beaten 5-1 by Man City on Wednesday (11 May), are 8th in the Premier League.