Wolves v Torino team news

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Raul Jimenez has been playing for Wolves with a fractured wrist.

Raul Jimenez will continue to play for Wolves despite having a fractured wrist when they take on Torino in the Europa League on Thursday.

Wolves are just one game away from making the group stages of the competition for the first time in their history, and Jimenez will continue to soldier on with the injury to help them get there.

The £32million forward picked up the problem during a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in March and has played on, with heavy strapping, without undergoing an operation.

Ahead of the Europa League play-off second leg against the Italians, boss Nuno Espirito Santo said:  “He has a problem. Did he break it? Yes.

“Do you think it was for fashion, you think he enjoys using (the strapping)? He needs it, for protection. He has to protect himself if there is a problem there.”

Jimenez’s injury has not stopped him hitting six goals in eight games this term after top-scoring with 17 while on loan from Benfica last season. He has helped fire Wolves to the brink of the Europa League group stage, netting in the 3-2 first-leg win in Italy last week.

They host the Serie A side at Molineux on Thursday, with the winners of the tie going into Friday’s group-stage draw.

It has been a hectic start to the season, with this clash being their ninth in 36 days, and Nuno will again shuffle his pack.

Jesus Vallejo may return in defence while Ruben Vinagre, Leander Dendoncker and Adama Traore could also step into the side.


Meanwhile, Nuno wants his men to improve their game management after Torino gave themselves hope last week through Andrea Belotti’s 89th-minute penalty.

“In the last minutes we lost control of the game,” he added. “This is something we have to improve. It’s to do with what your opponents make you do. It’s not just about us – we have to adapt.”

Thursday’s game will not be easy, Torino have nothing to lose and are sure to take the game to Wolves, knowing they need to score goals to have any chance of going through.

The Italians have managed an average of three goals per game during the Europa League qualifiers so far and will need to do the same again unless they keep a clean sheet.

Torino will be without key players though, which will make their task even harder. The biggest blow is losing Iago Falque to injury, while Simone Edera, Vittorio Parigini and Lyanco are also ruled out.