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Educating Sylvan


12:00 7th February 2013

Manager looking to get more of of number nine

Dean Saunders is hopeful that he can pass on the experience he gained during his playing career to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, as the Wolves number nine looks to increase his goal tally.
Ebanks-Blake has struck eleven times so far this campaign, and after revealing that the club have opened contract talks with the frontman, Saunders believes that his knowledge can benefit the striker, who has finished as top scorer in the previous two seasons he has played at this level.
The manager himself was a prolific goalscorer throughout his long career at the top level, which included spells at Liverpool, Aston Villa and Galatasaray.
"Sylvan has to have that ambition to get up to the next level," Saunders says. "Hopefully he can do that with us.
"Hopefully I can teach him things and add things to his game, and, if by doing that I can add two or three goals to his tally by the end of the season, it's worth listening to.
"He doesn't have to listen to all of it but there will be something in there that will make sense to him." 
The boss continues: "It's just to do with the runs he's making and giving him the drive to ensure that he's not just someone who is prepared to settle for only scoring goals at this level."
While Ebanks-Blake has been virtually a constant presence in the Wolves starting line-up this season, the squad has been hampered by a number of long-term injuries, which Saunders was able to provide an update on ahead of this weekend's visit of Leeds United.
"Razak Boukari has had some injections and I think he will be over a month away," he says of the Togolese international winger, who has been absent for almost five months with a troublesome calf problem.
"The calf muscle has come away from where it should be somehow - it's quite an unusual injury. It's healing nicely but I still think he'll be out for another month or so."
Two other long-term absentees, Wayne Hennessey and George Elokobi, are also on course with their rehabilitation from their respective injuries.
"Wayne won't be back until the start of next season," Saunders confirms. "He's on course for July - six months on from when he did it again.
"They normally estimate a cruciate ligament injury to take six months, but they will be taking extra care with Wayne as he's done the same injury twice.
"I think George will be back in a couple of months' time - although I'm sure he told me he'll be back in three weeks!
"I said we'd clear the treatment room and we're getting there," he adds. 

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