Wolverhampton Wanderers will have to delve into their left-back options after the Spain national team revealed Jonny Otto is expected to be out of action for around five to six weeks.
The 24-year-old was replaced in the 51st minute of Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina after picking up a knee ligament injury and underwent tests in Madrid on Monday morning.
Speaking about the defender’s injury, a statement from the Spain national team read: “The international full-back has suffered a partial tear of the internal lateral ligament of his knee. His estimated time out is five to six weeks.”
Jonny’s absence will come as a huge blow to Wolves as he has started all 12 Premier League matches since arriving at Molineux on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The Vigo-born star has received huge praise for his impressive performances but he is now expected to miss the five to six weeks, ruling him out of the busy festive period.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo will now have to delve into his left-back options and it is thought Ruben Vinagre, who has featured in four league matches this season, will deputise for Jonny.
The Portugal Under-19 international spent the previous campaign on loan at Wolves from Monaco before his move was made permanent in the summer for an undisclosed fee.
Next up for Santo’s men is a home clash against relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the hosts are firm 1.50 favourites to pick up the win, a draw is priced at 4.20 whilst the Terriers – who are 19th heading into this weekend’s action – are 8.00 outsiders.