Aston Villa vs Wolves: £19.8m star 'more of a doubt than Raul Jimenez' for Midlands derby

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Journalist Luke Hatfield has revealed that Trincao's participation in Wolves' game against Aston Villa is in major doubt after he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The 21-year-old has started all but one of his side's seven Premier League fixtures to date, but is in serious danger of missing out altogether this weekend.

What's the latest news involving Trincao?

While on international duty with Portugal last week, Trincao returned a positive test and was immediately placed into self-isolation.

The result came back on Wednesday, 10 days before Wolves travel to Villa Park, meaning that it is touch and go as to whether the winger will be available for that contest.



What has Hatfield said about Trincao?

With the game fast approaching, Hatfield has labelled Trincao as Bruno Lage's biggest doubt to play against Villa.

He feels that the attacker is even less likely to play than Raul Jimenez, who is set to play for Mexico on Thursday, a little over 48 hours before Wolves are back in action.

Providing an update on Trincao's situation, Hatfield told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Trincao’s more of a doubt than Jimenez or anyone else because you just don’t know how COVID affects different players, do you? Some players are fine with it, but it knocks some people for six, doesn’t it?”

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How big a loss would Trincao be for Wolves?

Going into a Midlands derby, Lage would want his best team out on the pitch, and that would include Trincao based on the start of this season. 

The 6 foot 1 forward, who Transfermarkt value at £19.8m, may have not got off the mark yet in terms of goals and assists for Wolves in the Premier League, but he has still shown enough to prove that he will be missed if he is not able to play on Saturday afternoon.

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As per WhoScored, he has completed 19 successful dribbles and made six key passes in the top-flight since joining on loan from Barcelona. These numbers see him rank inside the top five in both categories when compared with his teammates.

Wolves have struggled badly for goals in the opening weeks of the campaign, scoring just five times thus far, and Trincao has looked to be one of their only players who can unlock a defence.

Going into this match against Villa without him may see them lack creativity, meaning that Wolves could be up against it as they try to extend their winning run in the league to three games. 

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