The ex-Liverpool defender played less than 30 minutes on Saturday before coming off with a muscular issue

Wolves manager Bruno Lage was furious to see Ki-Jana Hoever hobble off early during his sides defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 20-year-old lasted less than half an hour at Molineux before he was forced off through a muscle injury.

In his absence, Wolves went down 2-0 to the Londoners, a result that put a significant dent in their European aspirations.

“Ki is a good example of the young kids, the young players, they want everything to happen,” Lage fired to reporters after the final whistle.

“When you are out and your team-mate is playing, you are not training at the intensity you need to train, youre not preparing yourselves enough. And when you have a chance, these kind of things happen.

“I have too many kids in my team, sometimes they dont work the way they should work. They dont prepare the way they should prepare.

“And after, when they come [into the team], these kind of things happen. When they are in training, theyre thinking a lot; Oh Im not playing, how am I not playing.

“I said to them on the first day, we are here, the first target is to work and improve.

“Injuries can happen, but this one happened because hes not prepared. Because sometimes Ki doesnt work in the same intensity.

“Its just not for Ki, its more kids in our team who need to understand I dont waste time with guys who dont work hard every day to improve.”

A product of Ajaxs famed youth academy, big things were expected of Hoever when he moved to Liverpool aged just 16.

But despite becoming the clubs third-youngest player in history when he made his debut in 2019, the defender did not make the grade at Anfield and appeared just four times under Jurgen Klopp before moving to Wolves in 2021.

Hoever has also been used sparingly by his current employers, with Saturdays brief cameo just his eighth Premier League game of the 2021-22 campaign.

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