Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in Premier League action on Tuesday evening, when they host West Ham United at Molineux, but they will remain without a key defender for the outing, according to BBC Sport.

Wolves almost added themselves to the list of clubs knocked out by lower league opposition in the FA Cup at the weekend, but were able to rescue a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw in injury time to keep the club in that competition.

Their focus now turns back to the bread and butter of the top flight for a week, with the Hammers offering up a sizeable looking challenge for Nuno Espirito Santo and his Wolverhampton side.

West Ham go into the contest close enough to Wolves in the table that should they win, they will leap over the Molineux outfit.

Santo rested a lot of his Wolverhampton stars on Saturday, with the likes of Diogo Jota and Rui Patricio left out, while key man Raul Jimenez only appeared from the bench against the Shrews.

They are expected to be recalled to the Wolves starting XI for this contest, but the Portuguese boss remains without a key defender for the clash.

Willy Boly is still suspended for this match. This game is the third and final one of his ban for a red card earlier in the month, but other than that Santo is expected to name from a fully fit squad.

With West Ham known to lack pace defensively, one man the Wolves boss may look to utilise from the beginning is the speedster Adama Traore, who has the ability to cause the Hammers’ defence plenty of problems.

A win for Wanderers would see them overtake Watford into seventh place in the Premier League table, which would represent an amazing return to the top flight already, and with the potential to build further over the remainder of the campaign.


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