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Wolves: Liam Keen discusses Renato Sanches’ injury following failed summer bid

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Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his view on the situation surrounding Renato Sanches following his failed move to the club in the summer transfer window.

Reports in the summer seemed to suggest that Wolves were in the process of bringing the Portuguese midfielder to Molineux this summer, with talks between the two sides well underway.

The deal ultimately didn’t go through over concerns that arose during his medical as he was still expected to take some time to recover from a knee injury.

However, he has recently come back from that injury and is now playing again for current side Lille, which raised some questions from both Keen and host Nathan Judah on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast.

When asked by Judah about the failed medical and why Sanches is back earlier than thought, which could lead to some Wolves fans being frustrated that the deal didn’t get done, Keen claimed that it may be confusion around his recovery time that could explain why he is back earlier than expected:

“As far as I’m aware, people I was speaking to around that deal at the time and everything as well [suggested] that was the case, certainly. Players can come back from injury quicker, because he had the issue and he was meant to be back within a month or so and it was the additional time on top of that.

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“So it seems that he’s come back in the timeframe of the initial injury, rather than what was suspected to be on top from the medical.

“So, it’s speculation, but it’s whether there’s been a mistake in the medical, something missed or whether he’s just been able to recover quicker than planned, or whether there was something going on on the player’s or Lille’s side of things. I don’t want to accuse them of anything, of course, perhaps not being quite as open as we thought. It’s a strange one.”

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Whilst it might be frustrating for Wolves fans to see someone that they could have signed playing for another team and thinking that they could have had an impact on their side right now, it should probably give them some hope at the same time.

And whilst there may have been some doubts over Sanches’ fitness during the initial deal, the fact that he appears to be back now shows that he’s fit and healthy.

And if he can stay fit until the January transfer window, by which time he should be up to match fitness as well, given how the deal was allowed to get all the way to the medical stage last time around, then you would imagine that if Wolves want to do the deal again, then they shouldn’t have much trouble in making it part of their agenda once again, except this time hopefully those injury worries would have subsided.

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