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Wolves star Neves sent to hospital after injury; Bright on the move

Ruben Neves has been sent to hospital to be assessed after being injured in Wolves’ 2-0 win against Crusaders. The 22-year-old midfielder was caught by a blow to the side and walked off in some discomfort when he was replaced by Raul Jimenez after 58 minutes of the Europa League second qualifying round tie. He has gone to hospital as a precaution. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “He is struggling. Let’s see. It was a hard knock and he’s in pain now. We will take care of him. It was his side.” Neves has been a virtual ever present…

Nuno relieved after Vinagre’s late goal eases pressure on Wolves

Relieved Nuno Espirito Santo admitted Wolves’ second goal at the death could make all the difference next week against Crusaders. Ruben Vinagre’s strike to punish Sean O’Neill’s goalkeeping howler gave dominant Wolves a 2-0 first leg win to take to Belfast for the concluding Europa League second qualifying tie next Thursday. Diogo Jota had taken Mel Eves’s near-40-year record of being the club’s last scorer in European competition with a volley in the 37th minute. “It makes a difference, there’s no doubt about it, for the second leg,” said the head coach about Vinagre’s strike. “But we have to look…

Real Madrid defender set to sign for Wolves – and AC Milan’s Cutrone close

Wolves are set to sign Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan – and are closing in on a deal for AC Milan srtiker Patrick Cutrone. The 22-year-old Vallejo is due to arrive today for talks over a move to Molineux and be in the stands for tonight’s Europa League second qualifying round tie at home to Crusaders. Vallejo, who has been capped 22 times by Spain at Under-21 level and is known by Molineux men Jonny Castro Otto and Rafa Mir, came through the ranks at Real Zaragoza and joined Madrid four years ago for around £5m…

Five-year deal for Vinagre is a real boost to Wolves

Wolves have been boosted by the news that hot prospect Ruben Vinagre has signed a new deal until 2024. The 20-year-old left wing-back, who signed permanently for £2m from Monaco a year ago after a season-long loan spell, has penned a five-year contract. The news is something of a coup for the club with the Portugal Under-20 international linked to moves to Liverpool and Barcelona in recent months. Vinagre has impressed during his two years at Molineux and looks set to catch the eye during the 2019-20 campaign after an pre-season. He is set for a first-team start against Crusaders…

Two Wolves cubs could be set to play in Crusaders tie

Nuno Espirito Santo could give two youngsters a taste of European action as Wolves start their season tonight. Right-sided defender or wing back Dion Sanderson and midfielder Taylor Perry are set to be included in the squad for the visit of Northern Irish outfit Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round at a sold-out Molineux. Both players are local – Sanderson, the nephew of Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson, is from Wednesfield, while 18-year-old Perry is from Kingswinford – and have come through Wolves’ Academy. “Taylor Perry and Dion Sanderson are going to be with us,” confirmed the head…

Nuno ‘totally confident’ Wolves signings will come

  Nuno Espirito Santo insists he is ‘totally confident’ new signings will be arriving at Wolves.   Wolves have been linked with a host of names  this summer, but as they prepare for tonight’s first game of the season, at home to Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round, the only arrivals are the loan to permanent deals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez for a combined £45m.   Olympiakos defender Pape Abou Cisse is the latest player to be linked with a move to Molineux, with reports suggesting Wolves have jumped ahead of Arsenal for…

EXCLUSIVE: Why I left Wolves – John Barnwell finally tells his story

EXCLUSIVE John Barnwell has finally lifted the lid on why he left Wolves – over 37 years on from his Molineux exit. For the first time in public, the 80-year-old has decided to explain his departure in January 1982 after he said he turned down big money from national newspapers at the time to give his side of the story. Barnwell resigned as manager when he was still in negotiations over a new contract. But he felt he had no choice to go after claiming he would not have the funds to replace star player Andy Gray, if he was…

Barney swept away by Wolves fans’ response

John Barnwell admits the overwhelming response he received from Wolves fans took him by surprise. The 80-year-old former Wolves manager – still the last man to win a major trophy for the club, the League Cup back in 1980 – was given a standing ovation when he appeared in front of a 150-strong crowd at The Cleveland Arms in Wolverhampton last week. Barnwell was joined by three of that team – ever popular trio Kenny Hibbitt, Willie Carr and John Richards – but it was the response to Barnwell’s introduction that was one of the highlights of the night. The…

Nuno: Wolves youngsters will remain back-ups

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ youngsters will remain ‘back-ups’ as he plots building his squad. Eleven of the 26-man squad that travelled to China are from the club’s Academy, eight of which featured in the Premier League Asia Trophy final penalty shootout win against Manchester City. Morgan Gibbs-White, 19, started both games, while Dion Sanderson, Max Kilman, Hong Wan, Terry Taylor, Taylor Perry, Luke Cundle and Niall Ennis all got playing time in Asia coming off the bench. Wolves are still to sign a new player this summer after the loan-to-permanent arrivals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez and Nuno…

Wolves target Cutrone weighing up his future

Wolves target Patrick Cutrone is said to be weighing up his future as he decides whether to leave AC Milan. The 21-year-old striker is understood to be considering his options as he ponders leaving Italy. Wolves are prepared to pay the asking price of around £22m for the one-capped Italy international and see him having a big, exciting future. Milan need to sell to free up funds as they are edging closer to agreeing a £48m move for Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa, according to various sources. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants to add competition up front to…