Nuno provides cautious update on Wolves ace Helder Costa

Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers Nuno Esprito Santo reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Fulham at Molineux on November 3, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

The Wolverhampton Wanderers star has not yet hit the heights of last season.


Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo sat down for an exclusive interview with the Express & Star, and provided an update on Helder Costa, who has struggled to return to his best form, after under-going surgery on a troublesome ankle in the summer.

The talented Portuguese ace moved to the Molinuex form Benfica initially on loan in the summer of 2016, before making his switch a permanent one in January of this year.

The 23-year-old flew out of the blocks when he joined the Black Country outfit, scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists in 35 Championship outings from a wide left position.

Helder Costa of Wolverhampton Wanderers clashes with the advertisment  board during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on...

Ankle surgery meant that Costa did not play from April 1st until September 27th, however, and he has failed to hit the heights of last season this time around, as he continues to be nursed back to full fitness by his manager.

And Nuno told the Express & Star how he and his staff are taking a cautious approach regarding the Portuguese's fitness:

"With Helder, we had a clear approach. We decided the best way for him to achieve his higher level is with minutes of competition (rather than under-23 matches). We're managing that, the response has been good, he's been playing, he started some games, he came from the bench in other games. I think he's one of the cases in the international break that we have to attend, for him to still progress and do better."

Wander Helder Costa of Wolves (L) attempts to take it past Pedro of Chelsea (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on...

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Next up for Wolves is a trip to Reading in the Championship on Saturday, and Costa will be hoping that he is fully fit and raring to go at the Madejski Stadium.

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