Wolverhampton Wanderers head to Portugal to take on Braga in the Europa League on Thursday evening, but they will be without three first-team men, according to BBC Sport.

Wolves have been in the competition from the second qualifying round, and some 10 matches later they are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stage of the secondary competition.

Indeed, if Wanderers draw in Portugal, both they and their opponents will advance to the last 32, a huge incentive for both sides at this stage of proceedings.

Wolves were beaten at home by their Portuguese opposition in the reverse meeting in the section, so there could be an air of revenge on the mind of Nuno Espirito Santo going into the clash in his homeland.

If Wanderers are to progress to the knockout stages in this match, they are going to have to get a result without Ryan Bennett, Willy Boly and Morgan White-Gibbs, all three of whom have been left at home on the treatment table.

That has enabled the Wolves boss to continue with his policy of taking players from the younger setups away from home in Europe with them, with Owen Otasowie and Luke Cundle the lucky two heading off to Portugal.

Bennett will continue to miss out for Wanderers with a groin issue, while Boly has yet to recover from a fractured leg and a back problem is keeping Gibbs-White out of action.

Although a draw will be good enough to send Wolves into the knockout stages, a win in the match would send them to the top of the group, with a home match against Besiktas to come, where they could be confirmed as winners of the section.

That could give Wanderers an easier task in the last 32 which would be worth something, although given the path they have already negotiated thus far, they should fancy their chances against anyone.


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