Wolves vs Burnley: What is the latest injury update on Jose Sa, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Pedro Neto?

Goalkeeper Sa had to be replaced in the first half of the Premier League clash against Arsenal, owing to an injury.

Pedro Neto in a file photo. Credits: Twitter/@Wolves
By Karthik Raman | Dec 5, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Burnley to Molineux for an intriguing Premier League contest. The match is an important one for both sides for obvious reasons. The visitors enter the game on the back of registering a thumping 5-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend, while Wolves narrowly lost to Arsenal despite a spirited late fightback. Hence, Burnley will be eager to maintain the momentum, while the hosts will be keen to bounce back from the weekend disappointment.

Ahead of the game, Wolves head coach Gary O’Neil provided an injury update on three players – Jose Sa, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Pedro Neto. Goalkeeper Sa had to be replaced in the first half of the Premier League clash against Arsenal, owing to an injury. Despite the setback, the Wolves manager believes that the shot-stopper will be in contention for the upcoming clash against Burnley. However, the same will not be the case for the other two.

Wolves’ team news

“Sa did some training today, so we’ll do a last few checks on him tomorrow, but he felt fine, so we’re hopeful Jose will be fine. Rayan’s doing well. Tomorrow will be too early but hope to have him available at the weekend. Hopefully he can play a part against Nottingham Forest. Pedro’s still working his way up to speed, so not with us yet, but it is getting closer. He’s excited, he’s got a bounce in his step and smile on his face around training, so he’s getting closer,” O’Neil, quoted on the club’s website, said ahead of the clash.

Wolves were 2-0 down against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at one point of the match, however, they did well to bounce back from the setback and provide a valiant fight. “There were positives, it’ll be very different to that, obviously, but it’s a tough place to go, and when you’re 2-0 down early, to be able to rally and respond the way we did was pleasing. We didn’t take any points, which is the most important thing, so we go into tomorrow night knowing we need to take points,” he explained.

O’Neil then went on to speak about the challenge of facing a newly promoted Burnley side in their upcoming contest. “Burnley are a very good side, they’re newly promoted and have probably lost more games than they’ve deserved to. They’ve been impressive in large parts, they’re very well organised and have been together a long time now. The manager’s been there for two pre-seasons and a few transfer windows, you can see they have a real good understanding of what they’re trying to do in a very good way. People will think newly promoted, easier game, there are no easy games,” he stated.

The manager added: “Tomorrow there’ll be moments where we have to fight and scrap, it definitely won’t all go our way, so we need to be ready for both as always. Home games, I’ve enjoyed them so far, I’m looking forward to it, looking forward to seeing if we can add another positive result. There’s a real focus on us. There’s not a huge space of time between the two games, so focus on us and what we need to look like, and two big home games this week which we’re looking forward to.”

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