Date: 18th January 2020 at 7:30am
Written by: Cristian Penfold

Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed on Friday that Ryan Giles had been recalled from his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town. The 19-year-old has returned to training and could make the matchday squad against Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Giles joined Shrewsbury in July and has gone on to make 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating four goals.

As per WhoScored, the left wing-back amassed 1314 minutes of League One football, made two assists, created 19 chances, won 45% of his aerial duels, whipped in 115 crosses with 17% accuracy, made 21 successful dribbles (62%), blocked 22 crosses/passes, made 15 clearances and averaged a tackle (16) or interception (6) every 58 minutes.

His recall comes as Ruben Vinagre is out of action with a hamstring injury. The 20-year-old picked up a knock in Wolves’ FA Cup defeat to Manchester United (January 15) and will be sidelined for a period of time.

Nuno explained: “(Giles’ recall) has to do with, unfortunately, the injury of Vinagre. It’s a massive blow for us, he’s so important. Vinagre is very special for us because he gives things that we need, but he’s going to be away now, so that’s why we recalled Giles.

“He’s been with us before, he did a pre-season before. The process is the same, it’s how we operate. When we need to, we look at our back-ups and if we have them, we recall them because we trust them. That’s the case of Giles.

“First of all, we have to thank him because he comes to help. Hopefully he’ll improve and can help during the competition. He was with us, he went to Shrewsbury and did well, now he’s here. He still has a lot of things to improve. The talent is there.”

Jonny Otto should start at left-back against Southampton, but Giles will provide neccessary backup on the bench. The Midlands outfit are short on fit first-team players, so they should make a number of acquisitions before the January transfer window shuts.

Until then, however, Wolvers will have to rely on reserve-team players to fill the squad.

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