Wolves welcome high flying Leicester City to the Molineux in a Valentine’s day clash that could potentially see Nuno Espírito Santo’s men break into the top six with a win.
Nuno Espírito Santo has expressed his concern over the fitness of star man Adama Traore after he dislocated his shoulder for the second time this campaign against Manchester United. Traore has arguably been Wolves shining light this campaign, earning plaudits for his performances over the festive period in particular.
The Spaniard did however take part in full training this week and is available for selection against the Foxes.
Wolves currently sit ninth, just four points off of fifth placed Sheffield United. The table is particularly tight from 4th to 9th; with Everton having played last weekend Wolves can guarantee leapfrogging the Toffee’s should they secure all three points.
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Leicester are enjoying a spectacular season, comfortably cruising towards Champions League football. The Foxes occupy third spot, with an eight point cushion over fourth placed Chelsea.
With Manchester City’s clash against West Ham postponed courtesy of Storm Ciara, Leicester will have the chance to break into the top two, albeit playing a game more than Guardiola’s side.
However Brendan Rodgers has had to fend off the first real negative press for the first time since he took the reigns at the King Power. The Leicester boss has also defended young talent James Maddison after the 23-year-old was pictured partying in Dubai during the winter break.
Rodgers stated in his pre-match press conference: “It's contradictory, it's unbelievable. So there's something framed around him which, OK, he'll have to live with but that's someone else's narrative.
“We're supposedly in this world where everyone 'cares'. Rubbish - the first thing they do is try to stitch you up.”
Santo has revealed that Ruben Vinagre is the only notable absentee unavailable for selection for Friday night’s clash.
The full-back is expected to remain out for a number of weeks and his continued to nurse a hamstring problem.
Wilfried Ndidi remains out of action for the Foxes as he struggles to get over a knee injury.
Ryan Bennett is also unavailable as he is ineligible against his parent club.
Wes Morgan is finally fit for selection again after being ruled out of Leicester’s last league game against Chelsea with a migraine.
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