Pedro Neto has returned to training for Wolverhampton Wanderers and is successful contention to characteristic against Chelsea connected Christmas Eve, caput coach Gary O’Neil has said.
Neto played successful Wolves’ 10 opening Premier League games of nan season, scoring 1 extremity and providing 7 assists anterior to sustaining a hamstring wounded against Newcastle United successful October.
O’Neil explained that nan Portugal world has undergone a afloat week of training pinch his teammates, but cautioned that no determination has yet been taken complete his information successful nan Premier League conflict astatine Molineux connected Sunday.
“Pedro’s backmost training and has trained nan afloat week pinch nan lads, truthful we’ll spot really he goes during nan adjacent 2 days to really overmuch engagement he tin person astatine nan weekend,” O’Neil said connected Thursday.
“But training’s going well, he feels good, truthful let’s spot really he is travel Sunday.
“Everyone will beryllium excited to spot Pedro back. Everyone will understand that we want Pedro backmost fresh arsenic well, not conscionable because we consciousness for illustration we request to put him in.”
A fresh Pedro Neto gives Wolves nan verticality that terrifies teams
O’Neil believes Neto’s absence has had an adverse effect connected Wolves’ results, comparing his unavailability to cardinal injuries astatine different Premier League clubs.
“If you look astatine nan spell since he’s been out, nan lads person managed to support pushing results and performances and if I deliberation of immoderate different teams who person had cardinal players missing, it ever has impacts connected results,” he added.
“Tottenham without (James) Maddison and (Micky) van de Ven went connected a reliable run, Manchester City pinch nary (Kevin) De Bruyne aliases Rodri, Arsenal past twelvemonth erstwhile they mislaid (William) Saliba, they were astir apt going to triumph nan league.
“We’ve kept ploughing on and we’ve not picked up arsenic galore results arsenic we would person liked, but we’ve hit Burnley, hit Spurs, drew against Nottingham Forest, been correct successful nan crippled astatine Fulham, correct successful nan crippled astatine Sheffield United, truthful nan lads merit a batch of in installments for nan activity they’re putting in.
“It’s not conscionable let’s get Pedro backmost and everything’s fixed. As bully arsenic he is, and arsenic eager everyone will beryllium to get him back, nan nine keeps pushing guardant until he’s wholly ready.”
O’Neil besides confirmed that goalkeeper Jose Sa would return to nan squad aft missing past week’s conclusion astatine West Ham United pinch a enarthrosis injury, while he besides provided an update connected a quartet of players who had been suffering pinch unwellness this week.
Nelson Semedo, Mario Lemina, Matheus Cunha and Craig Dawson each had been emotion unwell but O’Neil said that each 4 were backmost successful afloat training and recovering.
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