Thursday 19 September 2019

Doherty out to impress on Wolves return

Wolves' Matt Doherty Photo: Mike Egerton/PA
Wolves' Matt Doherty Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Matt Doherty returns to the Wolves team for today's clash with Huddersfield after missing Ireland's last two matches with a facial injury.

The wing-back will be hoping to impress new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, having had a strained relationship with predecessor Martin O'Neill.

Ruben Vinagre is ready to make his long-awaited return to the Wolves starting line-up, according to head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

The teenager looks certain to come in at left wing-back in place of Jonny Castro Otto, who suffered a knee injury on Spain duty and is expected to be out for six weeks. Vinagre's last league start came almost a year ago but he has made four substitute appearances in the league this season and was part of the Portugal team that won the Euro Under 19 Championship in the summer.

Nuno has no qualms about putting the 19-year-old back into the side, saying: "He's ready to go, he's matured. Last season he had his chance, at the beginning of this season he wasn't with us as he was becoming a European champion.

"He's growing, he's getting better. I'm totally confident that the answer's going to be good."

Wolves headed into the international break with tough games against Tottenham and Arsenal but are clear favourites to beat Huddersfield at Molineux. The Terriers have won just once all season but Nuno is not taking them lightly.

"It doesn't change the dynamic, the high level of preparation is the same," said Nuno. "Huddersfield are a good team and they have improved."

Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie retains an unshakeable belief that his first Premier League goal of the season is on the horizon. The 24-year-old scored for Benin last week in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Gambia, but has failed to hit the target in England's top flight for seven months.

"I'm desperate," he said. "But I'm sure the goals will come. When we played West Ham I said a goal is coming soon and I scored for my national team. I'm also sure that I've got the quality and the capacity to score goals and help Huddersfield. It will come.

"I'm a striker. A striker who doesn't score goals . . . you think about that. My job is to score goals. As a striker you know you will be criticised if you don't score, but I have the right mentality.

"I support this criticism. I really don't mind. I know what I'm capable of and I know I will score."

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