Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro back for Aston Villa clash

Wolves have been handed a fitness boost with £7million record signing Ivan Cavaleiro likely to be fit for their West Midlands derby against Villa on Saturday.

Ivan Cavaleiro

Cavaleiro missed Saturday's FA Cup victory at Stoke City with a slight knee problem.

But he has now returned to training and should be fine for the 5.30pm televised clash.

The Portuguese winger has scored three goals in his past six appearances.

Prince Oniangue was absent through illness on Saturday but is also now in contention.

Lambert told the Express & Star: "Cavaleiro had a little problem with his knee but he's trained now so hopefully he'll be okay and available for this weekend.

"Prince wasn't well, he had a bug and didn't travel with. He's back in with us today (Tuesday) but still wasn't up to speed, he had a viral problem."

Oniangue's last Wolves appearance came in the 1-0 defeat at Brighton way back in mid-October.

The 28-year-old has endured injury problems but now finds himself down the pecking order.

Lambert has plenty of options for his two central midfield berths. So far in his brief tenure as boss he's fielded Jack Price, Conor Coady, David Edwards, Lee Evans, George Saville and Romain Saiss.

With Evans returning to action at Stoke after five months out he has six central midfielders to choose from, with Saiss having gone to the African Cup of Nations with Morocco.

Lambert said of Oniangue: "He needs to get games. He's a lovely lad, a really top bloke, but I can only pick two central midfielders and there's more here than I can count.

"So he's just going to have to fight like everybody else."

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Comments for: "Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro back for Aston Villa clash"


Same starting line up.


Not strictly true. When we have played Edwards as a no10 there have been 3 central midfielders!

The Flying Winger

Very good news, still best to come from him would like to see Prince alongside Price, we may have many midfielders to choose from but they haven't made the grade consistently enough to be considered several who should be found other clubs


I think we should sign just one player this winter to make us ready!

Paul has done a remarkable job turning this group of players into a real team.

He should sign Jordan Rhodes.

I think we can afford his pay and fee and he's a proven goal scorer at this level.

My Xmas present would be that we sign him now!!!

Farmer Ted

Mikey, doubt very much that Santa's even listening. The problem will be wages. From what's going on over the last week or so it's pretty clear Wolves are sailing pretty close to the FFP budget, also there will be a maximum wage level within the dressing room and we all know the problem that caused the last time that was broken! Even the Villa, with all their Premier relegation riches, are struggling to match his wage at Middlesbrough.

I like the rumours, getting stronger, that Ashley Westwood is one of PL's targets. Now there's a midfield playmaker who would do us fine, but will Villa even consider it?


I too am a fan of Ashley Westwood, but would he want to come. His heart seems to be at Villa. I remember at the end of last season he was genuinely upset about relegation, in fact he looked the only one who cared.


In spite of our forwards playing really well they haven't scored the goals: our midfielders and defenders did that.

Mason and Bodvarsson may really hit it off but we need someone who will score a hatful, who can manage 20 in the rest of the season...thoughts?


You have just knocked the nail on the head. We cannot really criticize the lone strikers as the only support they have had has been Edwards and the wingers. When we played Bodvarsson and Mason, as a partnership, they were scoring!


Just then 20 then? Best have a word with our friendly Portuguese agent and ask if he can sort us his client, Ronaldo, on loan from Real!

Black Country Wanderer

I agree we need a striker who can score absolutely

The problem I have is with this 20 goal a season thing everyone insists on

In the last 50 years, with all the great strikers we have had ,the feat has been done only 19 times,and a few of those in leagues lower than this

You are asking for someone to do it in half a season,its not going to happen my friend


Mason and Bodvarsson will get there. They needed Saturday - I think they can cause defenses problems - particularly with Costa and Cav on either flank. I think give them two more games before looking to change things again. Still crossing my fingers Nouha finds his shooting boots again soon - it is tough to break back in at this level. Remember, he came into the team in League One, and developed a lot of his initial confidence from an extended integration into that team at a lower level. The set-up he has ´recovered´ into is two mangers and numerous systems later. It might, unfortunately, be best for him to start afresh somewhere else, where he can immediately be top-dog again.


Does it really matter who scores the goals as long as they go in?

chris h

She, of course it doesn't matter in the short term. But in the history of football a football club with strikers firing blanks achieves very little over a season. It is a bit like saying does it matter if you have a goalkeeper who doesn't come for crosses and is a poor shot stopper, provided we score goals at the other end, but you know eventually a weak keeper will catch you out big time. It is no coincidence that specialist strikers attract the biggest transfer fees and successful strikers are the most coveted players, going back to Law, Greaves, Shearer etc.


I'm still waiting eagerly for the return of Jodie graham, him and costa would frighten most defences.