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Wolves boss Bruno Lage addresses Dion Sanderson recall clause

Birmingham City loanee Dion Sanderson made a big impression on Bruno Lage during his three-day training camp with parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sanderson returned to Wolves during the first week of the international break to work with head coach Lage for the first time.

Lage wanted to take a closer look at Sanderson ahead of potentially recalling him in January to help ease Wolves’ impending defensive crisis.

Wolves defenders Romain Saiss and Willy Boly will jet off for the Africa Cup of Nations at the end of December, leaving Lage with just two senior centre-backs in Conor Coady and Max Kilman.

Lage is already without Yerson Mosquera due to a hamstring injury and could recall Sanderson to give Wolves an extra body at the back.

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“We need to analyse everything,” said Lage. “We have six weeks to go until January. I want competition in our squad. We have Yerson out for one or two more months.

“The player is doing well in Birmingham and we are happy because he is improving. We have six weeks to prepare this in the right way.”

Sanderson returned to Wolves from his last loan spell at League One club Sunderland with an injury, meaning he wasn’t able to work his way into Lage’s plans over the summer.

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Wolves tied the 21-year-old down to a new four-year contract before sending him to St Andrew’s, where he’s become a key figure in a defence which has kept four clean sheets in his seven Championship starts.

With Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic also on loan at Blues, Lage has been sending coaches Carlos Cachada and Tony Roberts along to keep tabs on the duo’s progress.

Pressed on Sanderson, Lage added: “What I saw in the last week, it was very good. We are following the games. Carlos and Tony have been there for 50 percent of the games because we have a goalkeeper and a centre-back there.

“Every time they are saying good things about him. We didn’t work with him in the pre-season because he was injured.

“He worked with us for three days and I’m very happy. You never know. What I want is all the kids from the academy to work hard to have a chance, to do the same pathway as Max (Kilman).

“We have these kids on loan, Luke (Cundle), Chem (Campbell)… If they give me good things and they are ready to compete for a place in the team, they join us.”

Wednesfield-born Sanderson started Wolves’ Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa in 2019 in his only senior appearance to date.

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