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Davis Likely To Be Out For Season


11:40 9th April 2013

Injury news on Davis/Doherty/Elokobi

Wolves expect David Davis to be ruled out for the season with the ankle injury sustained against Bolton on Saturday.


An MRI scan has confirmed ankle ligament damage which is likely to see the midfielder join the list of players whose 2012/13 campaign is now over.


The boss admits that the various impact injuries which have afflicted the players have come at just the wrong time with five games of the season remaining.


“It’s another freak impact injury I suppose,” said boss Dean Saunders.


“We got the MRI scan yesterday and I think he’s out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.


“The impact injuries are surprising – I broke my nose but I never broke any bones in my feet or my legs.


“And to lose possibly six players in four weeks – three to broken bones with Carl Ikeme, Dave Edwards and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - is a nightmare.


“These are mostly all players who have been regulars.”


Jay Spearing was booked for the challenge on Davis but the boss says injuries will happen in such a competitive game.


“It was a strong tackle but those sort of tackles are made by us as well, so I’m not going to complain about it,” he added.


“Paul Robinson’s tackle on Sylvan was a strong one but sometimes it’s just bad luck – the player’s foot is planted a certain way and his ligaments went.

 “It’s a man’s game and it’s just unfortunate that David had his ankle on the ground at the time of impact because he didn’t go over, he hopped out of the challenge.


“I thought he was alright because he tried to carry on.


“It’s just unfortunate we’ve had these injuries just as we’ve got the team going.”


Defender Matt Doherty meanwhile is also under treatment after picking up an ankle injury at the Reebok Stadium, but does have a chance of being involved against Huddersfield on Saturday (3pm).


“Doherty might not be fit for Saturday,” said the boss.


“He’s rolled his ankle which is swollen.


“We’re waiting on it to see if the swelling goes down.”


The boss has backed both young full backs Doherty and Jack Robinson to continue making an impact between now and the end of the season, after both made promising impacts despite their relative inexperience at this level.


“Matt and Jack have done great,” he said.


“On Saturday they were playing against Chung Yong Lee and Chris Eagles which was a different test for them which were maybe the two wide best players the’ve ever faced.


“They’ll learn from it and from playing three games as week as well.


“I have to make decisions on whether you pull players out.


“I pulled Jack out for a couple of games and then put him back in.


“Doc will be the same and if I think they’re on their knees, I’ll change them.


“Foley is fit and Wardy is also chomping at the bit.”


The boss has also admitted Ward could yet be an option playing up front given the injuries which have affected that department.


“Wardy came as a striker but I haven’t really seen him play as a striker,” said Saunders.


“I think I saw him play against Liverpool at Anfield a few years back, and he’s been bending my ear about it!


“It’s certainly an option for me.”


Meanwhile there is positive news on George Elokobi, with the defender now not far away from a possible return after breaking his ankle on loan at Bristol City towards the start of the season.


“I think George might be available in a fortnight,” said Saunders.


“During the next two weeks we’ll try to integrate him into training and hopefully get him a friendly game.


“You never know what’s going to happen to the rest of them so he’s another player we can put in and he won’t let us down.


“If the others get injured we’re going to be really short.”

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