Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed defender Ruben Vinagre closing in on a first-team return.
The young Portuguese full-back has missed the last few weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the club’s Europa League clash with Espanyol, Espirito Santo said (Express & Star): “Everybody is OK.
“The exception is Ruben Vinagre. He is out, but he is really close to returning and joining the group again.”
Vinagre has been Jonny Otto’s backup once again this season, with most of his appearances coming off the bench.
He’s made a total of 23 appearances, but only eight of those have been starts.
Vinagre might have fancied his chances of playing against Espanyol if he was fit, with three of his eight starts having come in the competition.
TBR’s view – Vinagre must be patient
There are high hopes for Vinagre at Wolves, and the 20-year-old has to bide his time.
Perhaps frustratingly for him, Jonny as proven to be excellent business since arriving (initially on loan) from Celta Vigo, and is rightly playing week in week out.
Thankfully Vinagre’s injury hasn’t kept him out of the picture for too long, and he now needs to try and seize the cameo appearances that should come his way.