Wolves are hoping Razak Boukari’s visit to see a specialist in France will help solve the problem of his troublesome calf injury.
Having been nursed back towards fitness, Boukari couldn’t quite come through the final stage of rehabilitation from a rare injury which has kept him out since the game with Sheffield Wednesday in September.
So he travelled yesterday with Head of Wolves Medical Department Phil Hayward to visit a specialist in France to try and solve the issue.
“Boukari is in France together with one of our physios (Phil Hayward) to seek a second opinion because that’s one thing that isn’t good for us,” said boss Ståle Solbakken.
“We don’t really have the answer to it, so he’s with Phil to see if we can sort it out.
“We can’t set a time limit, but for him now it’s coming to a head because his frustration is growing.
“He got injured in the game after we played Chelsea, and he proved with some of his actions at Stamford Bridge that he could really give us something, even though we were battered for long periods.
“He took the ball and created some things on his own three or four times.
“He flew past people who were from the top level.
“Then he started the following game and was close to being fully fit when he got this injury.
“I think he has a plan in his head because he’ll be thinking ‘I should have been fit two weeks ago’.
“So now it’s the third week after that point and that’s always hard mentally.
“We’re open-minded about this search for him to get to the bottom of it.
“His English is o-k but he doesn’t speak fluent English so to be able to tell someone in French is better for him because he can express himself more fully.”
Meanwhile on a more positive note Jamie O’Hara was today due to play 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Wigan.
The boss is not looking for anything particularly spectacular from the midfielder – just him to come through unscathed.
“It’s not about Jamie O’Hara scoring a hat-trick, but that he has no pain and he can get some match fitness,” said Solbakken.
“I just want to see him get through 45 minutes without reaction.”