Amid increasing rumours that Helder Costa is being targeted by Premier League sides, Wolves boss Paul Lambert has come out and clarified the situation surrounding the absent Portuguese winger.

Speaking in the Express and Star, Lambert has moved to ease worries of Wolves fans by insisting that there is nothing more sinister for Costa’s absence other than a continued absence due to a niggling ankle injury picked up in the warm-up to the recent Nottingham Forest match, a game Wolves went on to win.

Some are projecting that £13 million man Costa’s absence is a convenient cover ahead of a big move in the summer, teams like Chelsea and arsenal having been said to have sent scouts to watch him. However, Lambert simply points to his injury and says: “The other day we thought he had a good chance of being fit for Leeds when he raised the tempo, but that’s when he felt it. The scan came back and showed there was a bit of inflammation there. We have to treat him accordingly.”

To press, before the injury that has sidelined him of late, Costa has repaid Wolves a part of that £13 million fee paid to Benfica to secure his services. There has been some scintillating football, the fleet-footed winger scoring ten goals and providing eight assists for teammates, a further two goals and three assists coming in cup games.

The length of his absence is yet to be fully determined, although Lambert is hoping that a return some time soon is on the cards. On this point the Wolves manager has said of a potential return: “He’s tried to come back, he’s been out there trying. I certainly hope he plays again this season, with the season he’s had as well. He’s been a massive part of what’s happened.”

Lambert then went on to say that he could feature against Blackburn tomorrow, stating: “So we’ll see what happens with the doctors and what they say. With a bit of luck he might be available for Saturday (against Blackburn), but that’s pre-empting it a few days before. Will he be fit? We’ll have to wait and see, but hopefully.”

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