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Matheus Cunha injury latest: Wolves top scorer back in light training, says boss O’Neil

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Wolves record signing Matheus Cunha has returned to light training but has “a lot of things” remaining in his recovery from a hamstring injury, manager Gary O’Neil has said.

Joint-top scorer Cunha has been out since sustaining the problem against Brentford on February 10, leading to fears that the forward could struggle to feature in the rest of his club’s campaign.

“He’s been back on the grass and doing some light jogging,” said O’Neil. “His gym stuff is going well.

“He’ll probably have another scan in the next week. He’s really upbeat but there are still a lot of things that will need to be ticked off and go his way in order for him to be moving in the right direction.”

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Brighton & Hove Albion visit Molineux in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday, and O’Neil says he is not distracted by potential interest in his services from other clubs after guiding Wolves to ninth in an impressive first season in charge.

“I’m not too interested in what other clubs think,” said O’Neil, who was appointed days before the start of the campaign.

“I like that there’s a good connection between me and the fans. I’m pleased that things have gone well.

“Brighton will be a very different test. We did well [in a 0-0 draw] at their place in the league and just about had the better of the chances. They cause teams problems.

“A few of the lads are creaking a bit. It’s starting to be tough for some of them and we need to keep pushing until the end of May. We’ll want to be as strong as we can and try to progress.”

Wolves ‘grit’ pleases O’Neil

O’Neil was initially concerned by Wolves’ performance in their 1-0 win at home to bottom side Sheffield United on Sunday but saw positives when he reviewed the game, which was decided by Pablo Sarabia’s 30th-minute goal.

“A lot of the lads had some slightly off spells with the balls,” observed O’Neil. “There were some strange decisions.

“I liked the grit, determination and refusal to let something slip. You could feel, towards the end, that they were desperate to get over the line.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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