Wolves suffer hammer blow as defender ruled out for season, Daniel Podence update

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It’s bad news for the English centre-back who had just been reintroduced to the side in recent weeks.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has confirmed that one of this year’s standout players, Max Kilman, will likely have played his last game of the season due to injury.

Kilman came out of the defeat to Newcastle United with a foot problem and what initially seemed to have been something not too serious, looks to have now ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

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Max Kilman has impressed Ralf Rangnick Credit: GettyMax Kilman has impressed Ralf Rangnick Credit: Getty
Max Kilman has impressed Ralf Rangnick Credit: Getty | AFP via Getty Images

Portuguese forward Podence is the other name that has been missing since just prior to the Magpies game and whilst Lage didn’t conclude that his season would be over, he did confirm that he will once again be unavailable for the game against Brighton.

“Daniel has a pain in his foot,” explained the manager.

“It goes and comes and goes and comes. He doesn’t feel comfortable to run, he doesn’t feel comfortable to touch the ball. We need to wait.

“Sometimes with Daniel the question is with the injuries, just with time, he recover.”

But the news wasn’t so inconclusive with centre-back, Kilman.

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“With Max, to be fair, to be honest, I think it will be hard for him to return (this season)” claimed Lage.

“How many days are left? 25 days in front of us? I don’t believe he will recover.

“Look, the doctors here are doing a fantastic job, sometimes they recover before the time so let’s see.

“It’s in his foot - a twist in his ankle - so we need to understand what is the problem - it’s just about that.”

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The Portuguese head coach went on to explain that these things happen and it’s about being able to overcome them and adapt to different situations but in doing so, also alluded to depth being key to being able to do that.

“This is football, that’s why I said anytime this year I don’t believe in luck.” he added.

“What I believe in is hard work to plan the best squad because we know these kind of things happen and we need to have the solutions when these kind of things happen.

“That’s why we have everything prepared for the next transfer windows to see the players we want and the targets we want and if we have anything happen with our players, we already have solutions for every position.”

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