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Doherty hands Wolves boost; Vallejo and Cutrone could debut

Wolves have been handed a major boost before their latest foray into Europe with the return of Matt Doherty.
The club’s longest-serving player is available for the first time this summer after recovering from a knee injury, and could feature in Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round trip to Armenian side FC Pyunik. Doherty suffered the ligament niggle in pre-season training and he missed the trip to China for the Asia Trophy, as well as the first two Europa League ties against Crusaders. But he is fully fit now.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “Matt is going to travel with us. He had a knock, but he didn’t lose his shape. He was working. He started training this week and he’s doing very, very well.”
Doherty’s availability hands Nuno a welcome selection dilemma after Adama Traore played right wing back in the first two games. Traore was playing in a relatively new position but was better in his decision-making and provided the assist for Diogo Jota’s goal in the 2-0 home win against Crusaders.
Striker Raul Jimenez, who had an ankle injury in the 4-1 away win over Crusaders last week, is also available. New signings Jesus Vallejo and Patrick Cutrone have travelled and are available to make their Wolves debuts, but more recent acquisitions Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao will stay at home.
“No. They came late, so they have the normal process of integration into the team. They’re not available for this trip,” added Nuno, who nevertheless says the pair are being primed for the Premier League. “It’s always the same. They bring new solutions, new options, and good things for us to expect. They’re talented boys, so let’s prepare them for the challenge of playing in the best league in the world.”
Wolves have been given 1,000 tickets by FC Pyunik, which is a 6,370-mile round trip. Fans at least have the incentive of getting into the ground for just £1 when they get there. “There is always someone there to support us,” said Nuno. “That’s fantastic. In Asia, Shanghai we had fans. So this time, for sure someone will be there. It’s incredible – we can’t thank them enough.”