Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed John Ruddy will start in goal against Cardiff City tomorrow.

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Ruddy will take the place of first-choice Rui Patricio and make his first Premier League appearance since May 2016 when he was between the sticks for Norwich City.

The 32-year-old played all of the club’s 46 Championship matches last season and was a key cog in the team that gained promotion to the top flight.

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However, he was replaced in the summer by Portugal international Patricio, who eventually ended up costing the Molineux club £15m.

Ruddy has played in all of the club’s cup matches this season, and Nuno explained that he is being given game time ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United in 15 days time.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the 45-year-old said:

We don’t normally do this, but to avoid any confusion, John Ruddy is going to play tomorrow because we consider it is the right moment to prepare him for what’s coming in front of us. Because in two weeks’ time, we’re going to play in the FA Cup, and John Ruddy is going to be in goal. We consider this is the right moment for him to get some game time competition, and to be stronger. We have a lot of confidence in the three goalkeepers we have. Rui has been playing in the league, John has been playing in the Cup, Will Norris has not had a chance until now to play but we have 100 per cent confidence in all three.

Wolves have not kept a Premier League clean sheet since the end of January, a run that Ruddy will be hoping to end when the Bluebirds arrive at Molineux tomorrow afternoon.

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