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Wolves team news: Crucial first-team man ruled out vs Espanyol

A confident Wolverhampton Wanderers outfit will take on struggling Spanish side Espanyol in a Europa League last 32 second leg clash at the RCDE Stadium on Thursday night.

Wolves are the firm favourites to advance to the last 16 and should be able to do so easily.

The Premier League team carry a 4-0 advantage going into the second leg after having thrashed their Spanish counterparts at Molineux last week.

Nuno Esprito Santo’s Wolves side are likely to be welcomed by a hostile reception in Spain.

Advancing from the tie should now be a mere formality for them and it will be a major confidence boost if they manage to get a win against Espanyol away from home.

If in the unlikely event Wolves end up losing the tie, it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in European football history.

Espanyol themselves may rest key players seeing that they are in last position on the La Liga standings. They may now be prioritising survival.

Wolves have a chance to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

It would make sense for them to rest key players during their game against Espanyol, seeing that qualification to the next phase of the Europa League appears to be a formality.

Nuno’s side have no serious injuries to worry about ahead of the game.

But, Wolves will have to do without the services of Spanish wideman Jonny, according to a report by BBC Sport. 

The 25-year-old was involved in a collision with Ben Godrey of Norwich City last weekend and will miss out.

With the last 16 approaching, Wolves look set to have some more glamour European ties in the pipeline before the end of the campaign.

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