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November 2019

Nuno waits on Wolves trio for Bournemouth test

Nuno Espirito Santo is playing a waiting game over three Wolves players ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth. Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Ryan Bennett are the men the Molineux head coach says are still being assessed in the countdown to the trip to the Vitality Stadium. Jimenez didn’t return from international duty until early on Thursday after a 5,500-mile, 13-hour flight from Mexico. Traore has been under treatment for a problem in his right hamstring sustained in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa before the international break, while Bennett is managing a groin problem. “Raul was a late one…

Sparky wants Wolves U23s job for keeps – and says decision will be soon

Mark Kennedy wants to become Wolves Under-23s coach for keeps – and believes there will be a decision on the job within two weeks. The 43-year-old has taken charge of the Molineux youngsters for two months since old Molineux teammate Rob Edwards left for a coaching job with England. Former Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester City, Cardiff and Ipswich winger Kennedy says he has relished coaching the youngsters and provided the update after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain in the Premier League International Cup at Molineux. Asked if he wants the job on a permanent basis, the wideman, who was…

ICYMI: Highlights galore from Wolves’ 11 on international duty

Wolves’ international stars have returned to the UK following their exploits – with scores of highlights as they prepare to gear up for Premier League action at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. Diogo Jota became the club’s fourth full Portugal international after finally making his debut as a substitute as one of 11 players to have represented their countries. Matt Doherty scored his first goal for Ireland in a European Championship qualifier against Denmark, but they will need a play-off next spring to decide if they reach the finals. Raul Jimenez grabbed a brace as Mexico beat Panama 3-0 in their…

Wolves outcast Jordan Graham omitted for PSG test in favour of younger generation

Jordan Graham was overlooked for Wolves’ clash against Paris Saint Germain in favour of the ‘younger generation’. The 24-year-old winger could have played at Molineux for the first time since September 2017 in Wednesday night’s Premier League International Cup 1-1 draw against the French giants’ Under-23s side, but coaching staff felt younger players deserved a chance. Graham has returned to the fold recently after a loan move to Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv fell through over an issue with FIFA clearance. The former Aston Villa youngster played the previous two Under-23s games, coming on in the 1-0 Leasing.com Trophy defeat a…

Wolves coach Sparky says he felt like a fan against PSG

Caretaker Wolves Under-23s coach Mark Kennedy admitted he almost felt like a fan watching the 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain because the quality of the football was so good. Wolves battled back from conceding after 27 seconds to Alexandre Fressange’s header take a point from their first group game in the Premier League International Cup courtesy of Dan Csoka’s 57th-minute header. A crowd of 5,448 watched the game on a freezing night at Molineux to create an atmosphere for the youngsters, and Kennedy was among those impressed. “I loved it. I almost fell into a bit of a fan…

Molineux crowd of 5,500 watch Wolves U23s draw with PSG

Wolves Under-23s 1 Paris Saint Germain Under-23s 1. A hugely impressive crowd of 5,448 watched Wolves Under-23s hit back to claim a point against Paris Saint Germain Under-23s in their debut in the Premier League International Cup at freezing Molineux. Mark Kennedy’s side fell behind after just 27 seconds to striker Alexandre Fressange’s header before centre back Dan Csoka levelled with a 57th-minute aerial effort. Wolves improved as the game went on and threatened through midfielder Taylor Perry in the first half and twice through forward Chem Campbell after the break. But they had to be alert to electric winger…

Hibbitt: I back Neves to score his next penalty for Wolves

Wolves penalty king Kenny Hibbitt has backed Ruben Neves to succeed again from the spot – as he endorsed Nuno Espirito Santo’s rotation policy. Midfielder Neves was criticised by head coach Nuno for his saved attempt from 12 yards in the 1-0 Europa League win against Slovan Bratislava. Neves proved he had no hang-ups about his miss when scoring a brilliantly-worked goal in the convincing 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the following game, before the international break. Hibbitt, who holds the club record for most successful penalties in a season with nine in 1974-75, is a big fan of…

Wolves could have a world beater in Traore – Kightly

Michael Kightly believes Wolves have a world beater on their hands in Adama Traore. The Spanish flier destroyed Villa at times in Sunday’s 2-1 win, when he claimed another assist setting up Raul Jimenez’s 13th goal of the season. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his staff have spent hours on the training ground harnessing the 23-year-old’s blistering pace and adding to his game. The results are there to see, with a slowed-down Traore now much more of a threat and contributing far more to the team, and in three positions at different times – wing back, winger and striker.…

Wolves winger Traore pulls out of Spain squad through injury

Wolves winger Adama Traore has pulled out of the Spain squad through injury – just a day after his first call-up. The 23-year-old was named by Spain on Saturday for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta this Friday and Romania three days later, despite reports suggesting he had decided to represent Mali, the birthplace of his parents. But he sustained a minor injury in Sunday’s 2-1 win over his former club Aston Villa and will not be risked on international duty. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the call of the national team because of an injury in…

Wolves worked on Neves goal against Villa all week – Jimenez

Wolves top scorer Raul Jimenez has revealed they worked on Ruben Neves’s goal against Villa all week in training. Neves opened the scoring in the 2-1 Molineux win with a superb first-time shot steered into the bottom corner of the net after Joao Moutinho fooled the visitors into thinking he was going to cross his free kick into the box, instead squaring to his Portugal international team-mate to fire home from the edge of the D. “We’ve been working for the whole week to get those types of goals – it’s just training in the middle of the week and…