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Rúben Neves missing for Wolves in clash with Southampton

Why star midfielder Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves vs Southampton

Why star midfielder Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves vs Southampton

Why Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves in home clash against Southampton

Neves missing for Southampton clash

Wolves are in the midst of a key weekend clash against Southampton at the Molineux Stadium this afternoon with a chance of climbing into the top-seven at the expense of Manchester United and Brighton being on the cards but will be made to search for three points without key midfielder Rúben Neves.

According to Express and Star correspondent Liam Keen, the 24-year-old Portuguese international is out after a positive Covid diagnosis.

The same can be said for 19-year-old right-back Ki-Jana Hoever, who also missed the third-round FA Cup clash that saw Wolves run out 3-0 winners in front of the home support.

That made way for 22-year-old Toti Gomes to make his full debut for Wolves who otherwise saw a nearly full-strength XI called upon by boss Bruno Lage apart from the double absence of Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan.

Wolves battle for top seven continues

Bruno Lage continues to receive justifiably credit in his first season at the helm at Wolves after the club has seemingly gotten back on track to where former boss Nuno Espírito Santo originally piloted the club in the aftermath of their promotion back in 2018.

Why Rúben Neves is absent for Wolves in home clash against Southampton

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks dejected as he walks past Bruno Lage the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after being shown a red card by referee Jonathan Moss during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on December 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

NES was the mastermind behind back-to-back 7th place finishes at the Molineux which netted him the job at Tottenham. Though that did not exactly work out for the Portuguese manager, he did show during his time at the Molineux that the club was entirely capable of competing with the big boys in the top echelon of the Premier League.

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Wolves are not without their criticisms despite their place in the table and the possibility of climbing into seventh with a win today in conjunction with a Manchester United loss against Aston Villa.

The club has managed to find the back of the net just fourteen times this season, with only bottom-dwelling Norwich scoring fewer (8) before hostilities kicked off today.

But at the end of the day, if Wolves manage to get back to where they started, no one will complain too much if Europe would come calling.


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1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 28
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
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