Morgan Gibbs-White has been out of action since early-November with a back injury and is making slow progress with his recovery. Nuno Espirito Santo revealed ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Norwich City that Wolves won’t rush the 19-year-old back due to his “delicate situation”. There are fears he may need to go under the knife to fix the problem, however.
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Nuno told Joe Edwards of the Express and Star: “It’s still his back. It’s a delicate situation. Morgan is a young boy that requires all the care he can have. We cannot afford to have any kind of mistakes. We will never do that. First of all, the player must be totally free of pain, to go out there and prepare himself. I hope (an operation is not required). He’s improving and getting better. Hopefully, he can join us as soon as possible, not much time.”
Gibbs-White made 10 appearances in all competitions before picking up the injury, last featuring in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava (October 24). The England u21 international has been short of playing time in the Premier League, racking up just 120 minutes of football, but he was given numerous opportunities from Nuno to impress in Europe – 396 minutes in the Europa League.
If the attacking-midfielder is still feeling pain in his back, it’s hard to see him returning before the new year. Gibbs-White still isn’t engaged in any training with the first-team and has already missed 10 games across the board without making much progress from injury, so supporters may have to be patient for his return – est. January/February 2020.
If Gibbs-White has to undergo surgery on his back, his season will be cut considerably short, however.