Wolves boss Walter Zenga reflects on the return of key man Nouha Dicko after 13 months on the sidelines

Nouha Dicko scores the second goal for Wolves

The Bakary Sakho - Nouha Dicko partnership was one of the Championship's best not long ago and, finally, Wolves welcome the latter back to fitness.

Nouha Dicko scores the second goal for Wolves

Wolves boss Walter Zenga has told the Express and Star that striker Nouha Dicko proved his ‘potential’ after making his first start in 13 months against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium on Tuesday.

Sam Baldock’s first half header (below) sealed a crucial three points for the high-flying Seagulls as they kept pace with frontrunners Newcastle and Norwich at the top of the Championship, while defeat consigned Wolves to their third loss in their last four league fixtures.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Sam Baldock celebrates scoring their first goal

The visitors created a number of chances late on following a flurry of corner kicks, but Zenga admitted that he was content with his side’s performance and the return of influential striker Dicko, who started for the first time since suffering a serious knee ligament injury in September last year.

"It was in my mind to play with Dicko for only 60 minutes,” the Italian (below) admitted to the Express and Star. “But then the game was in one side [of the pitch] and I needed him for 10 more minutes because in my opinion Dicko is a good striker for us.

Wolves manager Walter Zenga

"But of course we have to be patient for him. We have to help him. But he showed he has the potential.”

The line-leading physicality of John Dadi Bodvarsson and skilful exuberance of Helder Costa means Wolves have compensated to some extent for Dicko’s extended absence so far this season.

However, the former Wigan Athletic youngster’s record of 27 goals in 56 appearances for the club prior to his devastating injury blow, plus his lethal combination of pace and power, suggests he could make the difference if Wolves’ new owners are to realise their dream of promotion sooner rather than later.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Nouha Dicko in action with Hull City's Isaac Hayden

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