Without the cruel injury misfortune inflicted on George Elokobi at the start of the season, the big defender would have spent tomorrow at Ashton Gate watching parent club Wolves take on loan clubs Bristol City (3pm).
Instead the Cameroon-born 26-year-old will be continuing his rehabilitation on the badly broken ankle sustained during the first half of his first game on loan with the Robins against Leeds in September.
And he admits the reaction of the City fans both on his first few days at the club and then since his injury have ensured he has fond feelings of Wolves’ opponents tomorrow.
“Even there I was only there for such a short time I have got a very soft spot for Bristol City,” said Elokobi.
“The fans there took to me straightaway even before I got my injury and they have been brilliant with me ever since as well.
“For that I am very grateful.
“It is a shame to see where they are in the table but the gaffer there is very good and he will get them out of trouble I am sure – it is just a matter of time.
“I won’t be at the match because of my rehab but I would like to get back to Bristol City to watch a match a bit further down the line.”
Elokobi is making good progress back at Compton working with the Wolves’ medical team.
And his positive and enthusiastic nature is also keeping spirits high at the training ground as the players aim to get back to winning ways.
“It’s all going as planned and I’m really happy with the progress,” he said.
“I’ve got rid of the crutches now, am back driving again and also walking, with a bit of a limp!
“It’s all going to plan thanks to the physios here and the masseurs and all the medical staff.
“We are ticking every box every day to make sure everything is done properly and we don’t rush anything.
“The next stage will be all about weight bearing and stepping up the workloads on the ankle in the gym.”
Elokobi continued: “Being positive always helps.
“You have to be positive with injuries like this.
“And that’s being positive in everything you are asked to do believing it is going to work.
“If you don’t feel you are going to make progress there is no point coming in and you might as well stay at home.
“Being positive helps the physios as well – it makes their jobs easier and that means they can help you make the progress you need to make.
“It does also help to have positive people around the training ground.
“I’m always noisy and like to cheer myself up and hopefully that can cheer the other lads up as well!”
As for the two teams tomorrow, Elokobi is confident that both have it well within their capabilities to climb up the table, the defender expecting his Wolves team-mates to bounce back from the recent run of no win in nine.
“Sometimes that’s how football goes,” he says.
“Wolves need points as well and results haven’t gone our way in the last few games.
“I am sure the lads will turn that around though.
“Whatever happens tomorrow I hope both teams rise the table over the next few weeks.
“Hopefully they have both had their bad runs of results and can put that behind them now.”