Boss Ståle Solbakken is hoping for an end to Wolves’ spate of unfortunate injuries with the hope that Kevin Doyle could be fit for the trip to Huddersfield in ten days time.
Doyle has missed out on the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands with a thigh injury and is currently undergoing treatment at Compton.
But Wolves are without Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf) and Stephen Hunt (hip) for some considerable time and are continuing to monitor Georg Margreitter who has had an injection in his hip.
“Ten, 12 or 14 days ago we said we’d been blessed and then Stephen Hunt found he needed an operation, then Slawomir Peszko was out for three months and Razak Boukari was out for a month,” says the boss.
“So that was three players gone in a split second.
“I don’t think Kevin Doyle’s injury is too bad – Huddersfield is a possibility, we don’t know yet.
“Georg Margreitter had his hip injection yesterday, so if he has no reaction to that, he can start training on a more regular basis.
“It’s more the fact that the more major injuries have all come in one position.
“That’s the most concerning thing to me.”
On Doyle, the boss added: “He’s had a scan and he’s having treatment in his first week and we’ll see what happens next week.
“Of course we want him back but he’s not our biggest injury concern – he’s maybe going to take 14 days.”
Tongo Doumbia also stayed behind from Mali’s African Nations Cup play-off with Botswana having had a scan.
“Tongo was called up but he limped towards the end of the game at Blackburn,” said Solbakken.
“So we have spoken to them.
“He has had a scan so he won’t go this time.
“We have scanned him and he has a small injury and it could be a big injury if we take a chance with him now.”
With those injuries and several other players away on international duty there is a smaller contingent than usual working at the training ground but Solbakken is confident Wolves will still be getting some good work done at Compton during the break.
“It’s not meaningless because we can do individual work and some of them need to rest a little bit also mentally,” he added.
“It’s also good for the individual to pick up some physical work, so if he can’t do so much team-wise, he can be built up individually.
“So perhaps some will train a bit more than others.”