Wolves winger Adama Traore was pictured getting baby oil rubbed into his arms before their Europa League triumph over Olympiacos.
The 24-year-old who is known for his blistering pace and muscular frame, has caused many a problem for defences over the last season.
In order to prevent Traore from getting away from them, defenders have resorted to pulling at Traore’s arm and committing a professional foul to stop the Wolves man in his tracks.
And before their 1-0 victory on Thursday night, Traore was pictured getting baby oil rubbed into his arms by a member of backroom staff.
The Sun have reported that this novel technique is used as a clever ploy to combat the number of fouls accumulated on him.
It is done to make the winger’s arms slippy and prevent defenders grabbing hold of him as he tries to break away.
The move comes after a series of shoulder injuries that the Spaniard has battled during his career.
Traore dislocated his shoulder back in December in a defeat at the Molineux at the hands of Tottenham.
‘It’s something we’ve had to do to protect Adama,’ a Wolves insider confirmed according to The Sun.
‘Defenders are so worried about him getting away from them with his pace they were reaching out and tugging at his arm.
‘That was causing the shoulder to pop out during games. Lubricating his arms makes it harder for opponents to grab him and helps prevent further damage.’
Traore had a quiet game during Wolves’ 1-0 victory over Olympiacos which was sealed with a first-half penalty by Raul Jimenez.
The Premier League side will fly out to Germany where they will face Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Tuesday.