Ruben Neves is at risk of receiving a one-match ban if he’s booked against Manchester City on Friday evening, but he isn’t the only Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder walking the disciplinary tightrope.
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Joao Moutinho finds himself in a similar situation as his Portuguese compatriot and needs to go 90 minutes without receiving a caution to ensure he doesn’t miss Wolves’ meeting with Liverpool (December 29).
As per Transfermarkt, the 33-year-old has four yellow cards in 18 Premier League appearances this season, the first of which came in the 86th minute of Wolves’ 2-0 win over Manchester City (October 6). Moutinho’s second came in the 86th minute of Wolves’ 2-1 win over Aston Villa (November 10).
His third came on the hour mark of Wolves’ 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (December 15) while his fourth came in the 70th minute of Wolves’ 2-1 win over Norwich City (December 21). As per FA rules, a player will receive an automatic one-match ban if awarded five yellow cards by the 19th Premier League game of the campaign.
Wolves’ meeting with City is their 19th league outing this season, so Moutinho has just one more game to get through.