Wolverhampton Wanderers will have star midfielder Ruben Neves available when they head to Northern Ireland for the second leg of their Europa League qualifying tie with Crusaders on Thursday evening, according to their official website.

Wolves will take a significant advantage with them, after winning the opening match of the clash 2-0 at Molineux last week, and it should only need a professional performance to complete the job.

Wanderers are enjoying European football for the first time in 30 years, and Molineux was rocking as a result last week. If they hold onto their advantage, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will be two rounds from the group stage of the secondary European competition.

There was a doubt over Wolves midfielder Neves, after the Portugal international suffered an injury in the first leg last week, but any concerns over his availability were unfounded as he was pictured on the trip.

That will be particularly important for a Wanderers side who were built on continuity last term, in a campaign which saw them finish as the best of the rest in the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether the Wolves boss will rotate his charges with the tie in the palm of their hands, but key trio of Conor Coady, Diego Jota and Joao Moutinho were also pictured preparing for the second leg against Crusaders earlier in the week.

It is going to be a hectic schedule for Wanderers if they hold onto their advantage in this clash. They will begin another round of qualifying next week should they progress, and then they start their Premier League campaign a few days after that.

That is all dependant on Wolves avoiding a two goal loss in Northern Ireland on Thursday night, but with Neves and co available it would rank as a huge shock, and a big blow to the Premier League men, if they fail to do so.


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