Wolves team news: "Fantastic" £50m star will be "like a new signing" for Bruno Lage

Wolves head coach Bruno Lage

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Pedro Neto will be "like a new signing" when he returns from his injury hell, according to Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.

What's the latest news involving Neto?

Neto has missed the start of the Premier League season and been on the sidelines since undergoing surgery on a fractured patella in April.

Although Neto was expected to be out of action for six months, it was reported last month that - having suffered the injury during a win over Fulham - he had been hit by a setback in his road to recovery and could have to wait until February before making his long-awaited return.

Bruno Lage, who was appointed as Wolves' new head coach in June, confirmed last month that Neto would not be returning on schedule but claimed the Portugal international could be back in contention before the New Year.

The 21-year-old's injury lay-off has come as a huge blow to Wolves and Neto, who has scored 10 goals in 79 appearances since making the move to Molineux from Portuguese side Braga two years ago.

Neto's injury was sustained just a matter of weeks after Manchester United were linked with making a £50million move in the summer transfer window.

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What has Luke Hatfield said about Neto?

Hatfield admits Wolves have missed Neto's cutting edge in the final third since he was ruled out of action.

The journalist, who watches the Molineux-based club closely, believes Neto will give the players and fanbase a boost when he returns to the pitch.

Hatfield told GMS: "He could really lift that side enormously.

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"To coin a very cliche phrase, he will be almost like a new signing for them because he's a fantastic player who offers so much quality, creates so many chances and can score goals too.

"He'll be a massive player for them when he's back."

How much have Wolves missed Neto?

Neto's absence has hit Wolves hard, with Lage's side currently sitting just one point above the Premier League's relegation zone.

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Which Wolves manager signed Pedro Neto?

Wolves have scored just two top flight goals since the new campaign got underway last month, with both of those coming in the victory over newly-promoted Watford.

Raul Jimenez, who has made a welcome return to action after suffering a fractured skull last year, has yet to find the back of the net having played every minute of the Premier League season so far.

Adama Traore and Fabio Silva have also failed to contribute a goal following a summer of change which saw Nuno Espirito Santo mutually agree to step down as head coach.

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