Ruben Neves out until May with medial collateral ligament injury

Jude Summerfield
Ruben Neves has suffered a major injury
Ruben Neves has suffered a major injury / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Wolves have suffered a major blow with news that star midfielder Ruben Neves will be ruled out of action until May with a medial collateral ligament injury to his knee.

The Portugal international sustained the problem during Friday night's 3-2 Premier League defeat to Leeds. He only played 25 minutes of that encounter before being subbed off for Francisco Trincao, who scored the Wanderers' second prior to things starting to go downhill.

Wolves are outsiders to secure a European qualification place in the Premier League this season but Neves' injury means another member of their squad will have to step up in the meantime.

A statement from Wolves reads: "Ruben Neves suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his knee in the match against Leeds United on Friday evening.

"He travelled to Portugal with members of the Wolves medical team to see a knee specialist, where the injury was confirmed as uncomplicated.

"He will spend this week in Portugal with the Wolves physio before returning to continue his rehabilitation at Compton Park. We are hoping for Ruben to be fit to return in May."

Leander Dendoncker is the prime candidate to fill Neves' boots alongside Joao Moutinho in central midfield, while Romain Saiss can also play there despite being primarily used as one of Wolves' back three in defence this season.

Elsewhere, Pedro Neto is being eased back into games and continues to be monitored closely, while Nelson Semedo has returned to training this week.

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