Max Kilman impressed in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw with Sheffield United (December 1) and is likely to keep his place in defence when the Midlands outfit lock horns with West Ham United on December 4.
The 22-year-old has provided backup on the bench for most of the season, but Nuno Espirito could allow Kilman to build on a positive Premier League full debut by starting him against the Hammers.
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Wolves have been short on defensive options of late – Willy Boly is sidelined with an ankle injury, Ryan Bennett has a groin injury and Romain Saiss was serving a one-match ban – but Nuno could welcome back two of the aforementioned players.
Saiss has returned from his suspension and is available for selection while Premier Injuries predict Bennett will return in time to face West Ham. Whether he’s made a significant recovery in the last few days remains to be seen, however.
Kilman wasn’t even in the matchday squad at the start of the season, sitting out of Wolves’ 0-0 draw with Leicester City (August 11), 1-1 draw with Manchester United (August 19), 1-1 draw with Burnley (August 25), 3-2 defeat to Everton (September 1), but he’s now in contention of making consecutive league starts on merit.