Wolves' Jonny Castro Otto injures ACL and MCL

Wolves fans' favourite Jonny Castro Otto will again spend months on the sidelines after cruelly injuring both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.

Jonny of Wolverhampton Wanderers (AMA)
Jonny of Wolverhampton Wanderers (AMA)

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who only returned to action for Nuno Espirito Santo's side in early February, has seriously injured his right knee – the same one as he did last August.

The injury occurred during training at Compton on Sunday while preparing for tonight's game against West Ham at Molineux.

A devastating blow, Otto will have to undergo surgery on both his ACL – for the second time in just eight months – and MCL ahead of a long road of rehabilitation.

Wolves confirmed his injury in a club statement, while also revealing Joao Moutinho (groin) and Willy Boly (Covid positive) will miss the clash with the Hammers.

The statement read: "Jonny suffered a reinjury to his right knee in training on Sunday.

"He will need surgery to the MCL and again to the ACL. It is awful news for him. He will see a specialist in London this week.

"Joao Moutinho suffered a groin injury on international duty, in the first-half of the first match Portugal played. He is making a good recovery but is not yet available.

"Willy Boly has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating in line with government guidance."

Otto's original injury happened against Olympiacos in the last 16 of the Europa League last year and following a successful operation, he spent six months recovering.

His first game back was against Leicester on February 7, and he had made seven Premier League appearances in 2020/21 before this setback, which will rule him out for the rest of the season and beyond.

Otto was snapped up from Atletico Madrid for £15m in January 2019 after an impressive loan spell and recently penned a new long-term contract until 2025.

He has played 95 times for the club in total, scoring three goals.

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