Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has issued an injury update on Matt Doherty and Morgan Gibbs-White ahead of the club’s crunch Europa League encounter with Slovan Bratislava.
The Black Country club are back at home on Thursday, and are hoping to take another big step towards qualification for the knockout rounds.
Wolves are currently second in their group, one point behind leaders Braga and two ahead of third-placed Slovan.
Defender Doherty was forced off after 71 minutes at the weekend against Arsenal and there had been some fears about the recurrence of a knee problem.
But Espirito Santo said (Wolves official website): “[Matt Doherty] He’s ok. He’s recovered well from a knock on his knee. He did struggle, but he’s recovered well and he’s ok.
While it’s good news on Doherty, young Gibbs-White’s chances of playing against Slovan are much slimmer
“He’s struggling with the same lower back problem – pain – we decided to keep him inside today to offload it a little bit, but let’s see for tomorrow,” the manager added.
TBR’s view – Two would-be starters
At full fitness, both players would surely be playing in this game.
Both have started all three group stage games so far, and so Espirito Santo will have his fingers crossed he can continue the trend.
It sounds as though Doherty will have some involvement, but perhaps Gibbs-White will need replacing – Joao Moutinho would likely be the man to play a more advanced midfield role if he fails to recover in time.