Adama Traore could now face Sheffield United on the Premier League opening weekend after a second coronavirus test.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger tested positive last weekend while away with the Spain national team. As a result, he was put in quarantine and could not join up with his international teammates ahead of their Nations League fixtures with Germany and Ukraine.
Traore was due to have a second test on Tuesday to make sure the first wasn’t a “false positive” recording. It did mean he missed making his senior international debut on Thursday night as Spain drew 1-1 with the Germans.
If that second test had also come back positive, Traore would not only have missed the Nations League games, but was also a doubt for Wolves’ visit to Bramall Lane on September 14.
Yet both the 24-year-old and his club will be relieved to learn the latest result was negative. The Spanish Football Association have confirmed Traore will now join up with the senior squad today ahead of Sunday’s match with Ukraine.
Birmingham Live reports that the Spaniard will now be available for that fixture with the Blades as well.
Adama Traore availability boost for Wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo will be pleased to be able to call upon Traore for the upcoming trip to South Yorkshire. Especially as the Wolves boss is short of options at right wing-back following Matt Doherty’s move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Like United, the Midlands side also operate with a three-man central defence, with wing-backs providing the width. Traore has featured on the right in that position, although is much more forward-minded than defensively.
His pace and direct running has caused many top flight defenders problems. There had previously been criticism that Traore lacked end product. But he proved those doubters wrong last season with nine assists in the league.
If he plays against the Blades, Traore will be a serious threat.