Wolverhampton Wanderers will be without Morgan Gibbs-Whites against West Ham. According to BBC Sport, the 19-year-old ‘is out’ of action due to his ‘ongoing back issue’.
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Gibbs-White hasn’t made an appearance since September and has been sidelined with injury for a month. He was an unused substitute in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Arsenal (November 2) and hasn’t made the matchday squad ever since.
The England u21 international has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal in 590 minutes of football. Gibbs-White has featured only three times in the Premier League, being an unused substitute nine times in all competitions, so he wasn’t exactly a regular under Nuno Espirito Santo.
His absence has given Luke Cundle an opportunity in the squad too. The 17-year-old is with Wolves’ u18s, but he’s recently broken into the first-team. Cundle was handed seven minutes of playing time in Wolves’ EFL Cup win over Reading (September 25) and was named on the bench in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
Pedro Neto can operate in Gibbs-White’s preferred attacking-midfield role too, so Wolves have plenty of quality to call upon in his absence. Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho should keep their place in midfield against the Hammers, so nothing will change despite the injury prognosis.