Wolves have announced that Portugal attacker Pedro Neto will miss the 2022 World Cup due to an ankle injury.
The 22-year-old sustained the injury while playing for 24 minutes of their 2-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday, October 1.
According to the Premier League team, Neto tore his lateral ligaments.
A club statement said, “Following additional assessment and an expert opinion this week, it is intended for him to have surgery.”
“Unfortunately, this means he won’t be ready for the 2018 World Cup.”
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While he was on the team for recent Nations League matches against the Czech Republic and Spain, Neto did not participate despite having made three appearances for Portugal.
The World Cup will run in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2018.
After Bruno Lage was fired on Sunday, the Wanderers are without a manager, and Neto’s absence further reduces their already limited offensive options.
Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan have groin injuries that have kept them out of action, while Sasa Kalajdzic, a summer acquisition, sustained a knee injury on his debut that may have ended his season.
Their only senior attackers who can be considered fit are recent free agent acquisitions Diego Costa and Goncalo Guedes, who hasn’t scored in eight games since joining from Valencia for £27.5 million in the summer.