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Ikeme Joins The Casualties


08:31 29th November 2012

Boss's options remain limited

Carl Ikeme has been added to the ever-increasing Molineux casualty list after dislocating his finger against Millwall last night.

The Wolves keeper was replaced by Dorus De Vries after sustaining the injury in the second half and it remains to be seen how long he will be absent with Bristol City next on the horizon at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken said:  “Hopefully it is not a very big injury because he continued to play for a while – we will see how he is today.”

With so many players currently out injured the boss admits his options have been limited, particularly at times when he has maybe wanted to rest or take out of form players out of the starting line-up.

“We are in the situation where we have four or five players waiting in the wings in a month or two that will make the competition stronger,” he said.

“I think that people could be rested then and able to find their form without being pushed when they are not at their best.

“At the moment if players are struggling physically or mentally we can’t really rest them.

“I rested Tongo against Millwall.

“He feels weak and feels that his legs have gone a little bit and he didn’t have a pre-season.

“We have to find out what is happening there.

“Sako played the whole game with a small injury.

“He wanted to play and he wouldn’t have made the injury worse but I don’t think he was 100 per cent.

“But he has that little extra that can tip the game in our favour.”

The boss has also admitted now is not the time to get angry after a run of nine games without a win.

He is more concerned with bringing back confidence to the team in the belief that will help bring positive results.

“I don’t think going mad at this moment helps,” he said.

“I would prefer it was with quality that we got a result rather than a lucky break.

“We are in a situation where some players maybe feel that they have a certain lack of confidence in some periods of the game and that is normal because they are human beings.

“That is something we have to find out and help them through.

“But I don’t think this has anything to do with morale.

“Maybe some players have other skills than fighting spirit as their main force and it is easy to turn to these sort of players when things are not going their way.

“I can’t blame the morale of the team – we were very bad in the second half as we were against Nottingham Forest but that is not down to morale.”

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