Bruno Lage publicly calls out Ki-Jana Hoever for picking up hamstring injury

Sean Walsh
Hoever started Wolves' loss to Crystal Palace
Hoever started Wolves' loss to Crystal Palace / Alex Morton/GettyImages

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has publicly blamed Ki-Jana Hoever for picking up a hamstring injury during their 2-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 20-year-old started the afternoon at right wing-back, but only lasted 25 minutes and was replaced by Jonny Otto after pulling up.

While muscle injuries are often put down to bad luck, Lage was scathing of the Dutchman and lambasted him and Wolves' fellow youngsters for their lack of match preparation.

“Ki is a good example of the young kids, the young players, they want everything to happen," Lage said post-game.

“When you are out and your teammate is playing, you are not training at the intensity you need to train, you're not preparing yourselves enough. And when you have a chance, these kind of things happen.

“I have too many kids in my team, sometimes they don't work the way they should work. They don't prepare the way they should prepare.

“And after, when they come [into the team], these kind of things happen. When they are in training, they're thinking a lot; 'Oh I'm not playing, how am I not playing'.

“I said to them on the first day, we are here, the first target is to work and improve.

“Injuries can happen, but this one happened because he's not prepared. Because sometimes Ki doesn't work in the same intensity.

“It's just not for Ki, it's more kids in our team who need to understand I don't waste time who guys who don't work hard every day to improve."

Lage admitted that he was reluctant to start Hoever on Saturday, adding: “Yes, one thing is that feeling [reluctance] I have. [Nelson] Semedo is out. I put Toti Gomes, with two or three days training with us and he was ok.

“I put Ki after a game against Chelsea and he did ok. But after that, he thinks he deserves more chances. And he didn't have them because his teammate [Semedo] was absolutely fantastic.”