Wolves injury news, return dates and likely team vs Luton Town

Wolverhampton Wanderers team news ahead of the Premier League game away to Luton Town.
Wolves manager Gary O’Neil has confirmed he has no new injuries for Saturday’s game at Luton Town as his side go in search of their second win of the season.

Rayan Ait-Nouri was forced off at half time of last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool with a muscle problem but he is expected to be available for the game at Kenilworth Road, giving O’Neil the option of naming an unchanged side. That could be a tempting option because Wolves played well in the first half against Liverpool before fading after the break when Jurgen Klopp was able to make a far greater impact with his substitutions than was O’Neil.

The only Wolves player currently out injured is central midfielder Joe Hodge who suffered a hamstring problem in the 5-0 Carabao Cup win at home to Blackpool three weeks ago. However, Hodge has a chance of being available for Wolves game at Ipswich on Tuesday in the third round of that cup.

 

Asked about injuries ahead of the Luton game, O’Neil said: “Everyone is good which is obviously important. We have changed the training structure. I don’t know how long I have been in now, maybe six weeks, and training has changed a bit so sometimes you can pick up some injuries and niggles and things during that changeover spell. Touch wood, we haven’t as of yet. So, the boys are in a good spot. Hodgey will be back in and around it. He has been training for the last few days which is positive. The rest of the players seem fine.”

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O’Neil looks likely to stick to 4-3-3 but he does have players who could break into the starting line up. Keeper Dan Bentley, right back Matt Doherty, new centre half Santiago Bueno and striker Sasa Kalajdzic all offer options but an unchanged side looks more likely.

 

That would mean Jose Sa continuing in goal behind a back four of Nelson Semedo, Craig Dawson, Max Kilman and Rayan Ait-Nouri. Joao Gomes, Mario Lemina and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde formed the midfield three against Liverpool with Hwang Hee Chan, Matheus Cunha and Pedro Neto the front three.

 

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