Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Morgan Gibbs-White is ‘available’ to face Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon. The 19-year-old has been sidelined with a back injury since November, causing him to miss Wolves’ last 14 games in all competitions, but he’s finally made a long-awaited recovery.
Gibbs-White has made 10 appearances across the board this season, the last of which came in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava (October 24). The England u21 international was an unused substitute in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal (November 2) and has spent three months in rehabilitation.
Nuno said on Gibbs-White’s return: “Morgan is back. He’s integrated into training sessions, so he’ll be available.” Whether the midfielder makes the matchday squad on Saturday remains to be seen, however.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are likely to start against Newcastle, but Gibbs-White’s potential selection may depend on what Nuno does with Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss.
The duo are midfielders operating in makeshift defensive roles and would get the nod over the 19-year-old in the squad. Should Dendoncker and Saiss start at centre-back, there may be space for Gibbs-White on the bench.
Wolves have won two of their last three ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Newcastle and could go fifth in the table if results go their way over the weekend.