The Athletic’s Tim Spiers has claimed that Marcal may not feature again for Wolverhampton Wanderers during the remainder of the season.
During the summer transfer window, the Old Gold sealed the arrival of the Brazilian defender from Lyon for a fee of €2m (£1.78m) (as per BBC).
The 31-year-defender has been a regular feature for Wolves throughout the season, however, has been absent from their matchday squad for the previous four Premier League games (per Transfermarkt).
His absence has been due to a groin problem which he picked up against Tottenham Hotspur in December and Nuno Espirito Santo revealed recently that Marcal had undergone an operation (as per Express & Star).
In the latest episode of The Athletic’s The Molineux View podcast, Spiers claimed there was a chance that Wolves fans may not get to see the Brazilian again this season.
He said: “Marcal, I mean, he’s been injury-prone throughout his career, that hasn’t changed at Wolves.
“If Jonny’s back before him, in terms of their injury recoveries – because we know Marcal’s out now having had an operation on a groin injury – I’m not sure we’ll see him again this season if Jonny beats him back, to be honest.”
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This may come as a worrying claim to some as the Brazilian was not a bad performer for Wolves prior to his operation.
Over the 10 appearances he has made in the league this term, Marcal earned a 6.53/10 average rating, which is not overly impressive but did make him the joint-10th-best performer in the squad (per WhoScored).
However, last season, Jonny was the Old Gold’s eighth-best performer with a 6.81/10 average rating in the top flight.
So, it is clear to see why Spiers believes the Spaniard could muscle his Brazilian counterpart out of the team for the rest of the season if he returns before him.