Wolverhampton Wanderers could be without Ruben Vinagre against Southampton on Saturday after the 20-year-old picked up a knock in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Vinagre replaced Jonny Otto in the 75th minute but may have pulled a muscle when attempting a sprint that could rule him out over the weekend. Nuno Espirito Santo said in his post-match interview: “Let’s assess him, he made a sprint and felt something, but let’s assess him.”
The left-back has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals. He’s only racked up 338 minutes of Premier League football, however, as Jonny has been preferred in defence. Nevertheless, Vinagre has impressed when called upon and has featured in Wolves’ last six games as a result.
He’s a player with pace who loves to take on his opponent down the left flank (10 successful dribbles) and whip balls into the box from out wide (19 crosses). Vinagre seldom gets beaten by an opponent either (dribbled past twice), so he could have a bright future at Wolves.
Jonny is likely to start against Southampton over the weekend, however, so the youngster will have to be patient for his opportunity if he’s fit enough to make the squad.