Wolves vs Arsenal: Who's out and who's questionable?


Who will be missing from Gary O'Neil's squad ahead of tomorrow night's game against Arsenal?

Craig Dawson – 0% chance

The defender has been an unused substitute in the last two games, but last week O'Neil revealed that Dawson may require surgery for a groin problem that has kept him out of action since his last appearance on March 2.

He has now undergone surgery and will not play again this season.

“Daws had surgery,” O’Neil said.

“He won’t be back (this season). Because of the pain he was in, he couldn’t perform anywhere near the level he did at the start of the season.”

“We tried to get it under control in small steps and the advice was to deal with it conservatively at first.”

“We didn’t want to stop for too long because he was in pain and not able to function at 100 percent and also because we needed him back and were firing him for pre-season.”

“He had surgery yesterday, everything went well and he is doing well.”

Matheus Cunha – 0% chance

After scoring twice in his return to the starting lineup last week, Cunha has now suffered a calf injury and will not play tomorrow.

“Matheus Cunha will be out,” O'Neil said.

“During the Nottingham Forest game he was kicked in the calf and suffered minor muscle damage from the impact.”

“It’s pretty rare, you don’t see too many of them. He won’t be available on the weekend.”

When asked if he would play again this season, O'Neil added: “Yes, we will see him again.”

“We don’t know when it is, it could be Wednesday if everything goes well, it could be next Saturday, it could be against Manchester City.”

“We have to wait for it to heal. He’s a tough kid, so he’ll come back as soon as he feels comfortable.”

Nelson Semedo – 0% chance

The impressive defender has also suffered a calf injury and will not be available for the game against Arsenal.

“Nelson Semedo will be out,” O’Neil said.

“He had to miss last weekend and it was due to overuse of the muscle around his calf.”

“It’s nothing serious, we’re just waiting for it to calm down.”

Rayan Ait-Nouri – 25% chance

Ait-Nouri traveled with the team to Forest last weekend but a late decision was made not to include him in the squad due to a calf complaint.

He is on the mend but it will be a close call as to whether he will be there tomorrow.

O'Neil said: “Rayan could be available for the bench. He was out again today and feels good, but wouldn’t be able to play for long.”

“Maybe he’ll be available for the matchday squad.”

Jean-Ricner Bellegarde – 0% chance

Bellegarde has been out since March 9 with a knee injury but is back in training.

“Bellegarde is out,” O’Neil said.

“He went to see a specialist because it was taking a little longer than originally hoped.

“He is still within the normal time frame for this type of injury, but now he is nearing the final stages.”

“It shouldn't take too long, he's slowly getting better. He’s regained his strength.”

“It is difficult to put a time frame on it, but I hope it will be available again in the next few weeks.”

Pedro Neto – 0% chance

It was feared the winger wouldn't play again this season, but now he's back on the pitch and wants to play a few more minutes at the very end of the season.

Therefore he will not be able to play tomorrow.

“Pedro is doing well six weeks after the hamstring injury,” O'Neil said.

“He’s on the pitch and going through a lot with the fitness team. If everything goes well, he should play a role until the end of the season.”

Noha Lemina – 0% chance

The young winger has yet to make his Wolves debut but has been a mainstay on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks.

He didn't make the squad against Forest after playing for Wolves' under-21 team earlier in the week and suffering a knock.

“It's a hamstring injury,” O'Neil said.

“Not as serious as Pedro, Cunha and Channy, it's a small muscle injury and I think he should be back in training on Monday.”