Wolves hopeful Pedro Neto will return from hamstring injury this season


Wolves are hopeful that winger Pedro Neto will return before the end of the season — but young forward Leon Chiwome has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Neto has been missing for a month since suffering his second serious hamstring injury of the season but head coach Gary O’Neil believes he is likely to figure in the final stages of the season.

“I am optimistic that we’ll see him before the end but I don’t know how much,” O’Neil said. “He’s in good spirits and he’s out on the grass, so we’ll see.

“We’ll see how the injury progresses and how he ticks off each part of his rehab. I know he’s very keen to make an appearance before the end of the season.”

But Chiwome, who has made his breakthrough from the Wolves Under-21s into the Premier League squad in recent weeks due to an injury crisis in attacking positions, has suffered an ankle injury that will rule him out of the remaining seven games.

“He picked up a nasty ankle injury in training in a collision with one of the players,” added O’Neil.

“Leon won’t be available for the rest of the season unfortunately for him and for us. That is a really tough one for him to take. I’m absolutely gutted for him in the way it happened and to pick up an injury so serious in training.

“I think he’s shown in the last few weeks that he has some really promising attributes that will definitely benefit the football club moving forward.”

O’Neil expects Chiwome to be fully fit for the start of pre-season training ahead of next season.

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Looking back at Pedro Neto’s record-equalling assists for Wolves

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