Back in the summer window, the main reason Benfica and Wolverhampton Wanderers renewed Gonçalo Guedes’ loan spell was that he struggled with injuries last season and was now supposed to be fit to get more playing time.

There’s been a big expectation about his full return, but that continues to be postponed week after week. We’re now in December, and he’s only had 162 minutes on the pitch.

As Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã today features a story on Guedes, they say his situation is ‘causing strangeness’ at Benfica.

The outlet claims the club’s backroom staff are finding it strange how the Wolves loanee is only used at the end of games, making it sound like there’s some mystery involving his real physical situation.

Guedes wasn’t even taken to the Champions League match against Inter Milan last week, and only played for two minutes against Moreirense at the weekend.

Wolves will certainly be concerned about that scenario, and the ‘scant utilisation’, because if that’s an injury issue, they’ll have trouble negotiating his exit again. His contract with the Molineux side runs until 2027.