Wolves star Pedro Neto is a ‘very determined boy’ and will ‘return stronger’ after season-ending kneecap injury which has wrecked his Euro 2020 dreams, insists manager Nuno Espirito Santo

  • Wolves star Pedro Neto has been ruled-out for the season with a broken kneecap 
  • The forward has thrived this season but was struck down in the 1-0 win at Fulham
  • Neto has now also been ruled-out from joining Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad   
  • Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted Neto can keep training despite the injury 

Nuno Espirito Santo has backed Pedro Neto to return stronger than before after suffering a broken kneecap that will rule him out of Euro 2020.

The Wolves forward, who has been his club’s best player this term, sustained the damage in last Friday’s 1-0 win at Fulham and is expected to be sidelined until the early part of next season, at the earliest.

Wolves have had huge problems with injuries this season. Raul Jimenez has not played since fracturing his skull at Arsenal last November, while Willy Boly, Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence have all had significant spells on the sidelines.

Pedro Neto's season was ended against Fulham with the Wolves star suffering a kneecap injury

Pedro Neto’s season was ended against Fulham with the Wolves star suffering a kneecap injury

The forward will no longer be able to join-up with his Portugal team-mates for Euro 2020

The forward will no longer be able to join-up with his Portugal team-mates for Euro 2020 

‘It’s a serious injury,’ said Nuno. ‘It’s a tough moment for Pedro but he will return stronger. He is doing well.

‘When players face tough moments they have to deal well with them to prepare themselves for the future. He is a very determined boy.

‘It is a period where he cannot compete but it won’t stop him from working. It’s a matter of finding the right things to do. 

‘You can make the time useful, preparing other aspects, we can work on his upper body, we can work on many things during the period he recovers from surgery.’

Nuno Espirito Santo hopes to have the star back for next season after an injury-hit campaign

Nuno Espirito Santo hopes to have the star back for next season after an injury-hit campaign

Neto has been one of Wolves' star performers this season and will be a blow for the run-in

Neto has been one of Wolves’ star performers this season and will be a blow for the run-in 

Meanwhile, Wolves’ out-of-favour wing-back Ruben Vinagre is a summer target for Benfica.

The Portuguese player is on loan with FC Famalicao in his homeland after an original season-long loan arrangement with Olympiakos was cut short in January. 

Wolves are likely to listen to offers for Vinagre as they look to regenerate their own squad for the coming campaign, with a forward and an athletic central midfielder high on their list of priorities.





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