Boss Dean Saunders this afternoon confirmed that keeper Carl Ikeme has broken a bone in his hand after punching a tactics board at half time of Saturday’s game with Bristol City.
Ikeme was showing his frustration after allowing David Davis’s back pass into the net during the first half of the crucial clash with City.
The boss has now offered a fuller explanation of the incident which has seen Ikeme undergo an operation and probably be on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
“After the game I didn’t know he had broken his hand,” said the boss.
“I have tried to protect Carl and the club and keep everything that went on in the dressing room within the dressing room.
“I am forever ‘rollocking’ the players and what is said in the dressing room doesn’t normally come out of there.
“I just tried to protect Carl after the game because with the situation we were in it wasn’t something I wanted to talk about.
“I didn’t know the full extent and at half time was more concerned with getting the players back out on the pitch and getting Dorus (De Vries) out there.
“I wanted to protect Carl and protect what goes on inside the dressing room but now it has all come out I have a responsibility to let the supporters know why he’s not available to play.
“Carl was frustrated at making his mistake and has punched the tactics board which is only cardboard but there is a metal bar at the back of it which has damaged his hand.
“He has not meant to break his hand – Kevin Doyle kicked the corner flag after scoring his goal and he could have ended up breaking his foot!
“Now we’ve got a problem because he is not going to be available for us which I am really disappointed with.
“I don’t tell anyone what I say to the players in the dressing room and generally it doesn’t get out because it all comes and goes.
“If something happens in there within a week it’s all done because it’s the sort of thing that happens in all football clubs.
“Obviously now though Carl has broken his hand and can’t play.”
Saunders has also expressed his disappointment for Ikeme, who has been one of Wolves’ best players this season and an ever-present in the league.
“Carl cares about his game more than anybody and we’ve all done that,” he added.
“Every single one of us has punched something or pushed something out of frustration but you don’t expect to cause yourself injury.
“I’m not sure whether he will be out for the season but it will be for some weeks.
“He is our number one goalkeeper and will probably feel more stupid about it than anyone.
“I’ve spoken to him and he can barely talk to be honest with you, he’s that disappointed.
“I’ve got a good relationship with Carl and he is more critical of himself than anybody.
“It is his first season that he’s been the number one goalkeeper and now he has lost that which he will be disappointed with and I am disappointed we have lost a goalkeeper.”
With De Vries now with the opportunity to complete the season as first choice keeper Wolves have also recalled Aaron McCarey from his loan spell with Walsall.
Dave Edwards (foot) and Bakary Sako (hamstring) are expected to be out for six weeks with the injuries picked up against Bristol City.