Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has provided a positive injury update on Bruno Jordao - confirming that the 23-year-old is back in full team training.
The Portuguese midfielder has been absent since sustaining a serious injury in January 2021 but after a long road to recovery, he now finds himself just weeks away from stepping onto the Molineux turf once more.
Speaking ahead of the West Ham United game, Lage said:
“He’s been training for two or three days. He started working just with warm ups and then afterwards 20 minutes, 30 minutes so he needs a bit of time.
“I think we have six weeks to work with him and after that to see if he’s ready to compete for a place or see if we need to take another decision.
“I’m very happy with him. I’ve known him since the day I arrived and I’ve seen him since the first day working hard to come back as soon as possible. Now he needs to show me on the pitch that he wants to fight for a place in the team.”
Lage has mentioned on a few occasions this year that he has three midfield players that are quite similar.
Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, although all very talented individuals - do play a more reserved style of football.
With the return of Jordao, it could give the manager the option to play a more attack minded player within the three or in a different formation if he chooses to do so.
However, Lage added that he needs to wait to see the 23-year-old more in person before he makes any decision about his possible addition within the team.
“I’m waiting to see Bruno,” he said.
“He’s just been working for two days. What I want is to give him a lot of confidence to be ready to train and compete and try and understand the dynamic he can give us.
“It’s too soon for me. I’ve seen some games in the past but it’s very soon for me to make a conclusion for what he can give us.
“But as I said, since the first day I saw him, he’s a good professional, working hard to comeback as soon as possible so I’m very happy with that mentality.”