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Wolves' Diogo Jota to miss Newcastle game and have scan next week

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Wolves forward Diogo Jota will miss tomorrow's clash with Newcastle as he is set to have another scan to determine the extent of his injury.

Diogo Jota (AMA)

Jota will be undergoing a scan next week after taking a 'strong impact' when Christian Kabasele was sent off in the loss at Watford on New Year's Day.

The Portuguese had an MRI in the aftermath of that game but it was inconclusive, so he missed last weekend's FA Cup stalemate against Manchester United, and Nuno said: "Diogo, he had a strong impact and has some fluid and blood on the injury.

"He's going to be scanned again next week. After this, we can evaluate and determine better his return."

Willy Boly will miss out too, as expected, but is making good strides in his recovery from an ankle injury.

Good news on the injury front is that youngster Morgan Gibbs-White is back in contention after a long-standing back issue.

"Boly and Diogo are the bad ones, but the good one is that Morgan is back," said Nuno.

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"He's integrated into the training sessions, so he'll be available.

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"Boly is progressing well, improving. It's good to have him back on the grass and running, but we have to respect he's not integrated 100 per cent yet. Hopefully, sooner rather than later."

With Jota and Boly out, and Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo both on their way out, Wolves are quite light in terms of numbers.

And on if injuries change transfer plans, Nuno said: "Of course. We cannot avoid the circumstances that happen.

"You have to evaluate what you have, and how you want to proceed. We have Diogo out and we have to consider all the situations.

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"All the circumstances make you take the decisions you have to take.

"When you compete, things can happen. We've been working hard to prevent injuries, but some you cannot control."

He added: "This month gives you a chance to improve, and it's always about improving – not bringing in a player that won't be helpful for us.

"We have versatile players who can help us, but we have to clearly bring someone."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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