Wolves v Chelsea Team News

Wolves v Chelsea Team News

Wolves will be without suspended Wily Boly for the visit of Chelsea, while Antonio Rudiger could make his first appearance of the season for the visitors.

Boly was sent off in the closing stages of Wolves’ defeat to Everton last time out after picking up a second yellow card so is unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo could opt to hand Jesus Vallejo his first taste of Premier League action in Boly’s absence.

The centre-half moved to Molineux in the summer on a season-long loan deal and featured in three games during Wolves’ Europa League qualification campaign but he is yet to play in the league.

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Matt Doherty is available for Wolves after minor surgery.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could opt to make changes as the back after the Blues saw a 2-0 lead slip away against Sheffield United last time out.

Rudiger is available again after a knee injury and could make his first appearance of the season, with Kurt Zouma potentially the man to make way at the heart of defence for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Lampard indicated Rudiger is in line to feature for Chelsea during his pre-match press conference as he admitted his side have “missed him” and he wants to mix youth with experience.

He said: “Leadership is important in a team, particularly when everyone is saying how young we are. I don’t want a young team for the sake of it. I want leaders within that and Rudiger has to take on that responsibility.”

Pedro is back in contention after a hamstring problem and Mateo Kovacic is fit despite pulling out of the Croatia squad during the international break, but midfielder N’Golo Kante remains absent with an ankle injury.

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