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Injury Update


11:30 16th April 2013

Boss delivers good news on Ward, Doyle - and Sako

Wolves boss Dean Saunders is relieved to have key trio Bjorn Sigurdarson, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward available for tonight's game with Hull City, after all three suffered injury scares at the weekend.

Saunders revealed that Sigurdarson and Doyle were both doubts for Saturday's game with Huddersfield, while Ward had to have an x-ray on his injured ribs after coming off during the second half.

Thankfully though, the x-ray revealed no break, meaning the Irishman avoids adding his name to the crippling list of names currently in the treatment room.

"Wardy had an x-ray on his ribs on Monday morning," Saunders confirmed. "I think he's ok though, he's not broken a rib.

"Before the game on Saturday, Bjorn was feeling his thigh and Doyle had a groin strain, so I was thinking that those two might not get through, but thankfully they're both alright, so that's a relief.

"The small consolation from Saturday's game was that everyone came through it alright, because there's no doubt that the injuries have affected us.

He added: "I'd just got the team playing how I wanted to, and then we get a host of injuries. But there's no point crying over spilled milk - it gives people the chance to step up, like Wardy did when he got us a goal in Saturday.

"We've made sure they're all ready, and nobody's got a bad attitude, no-one's breaking ranks. Everybody is pulling together, pulling in the right direction and that's what got us the four wins our of five. Then the injuries probably cost us at Bolton and against Huddersfield."

Despite the likes of David Davis, David Edwards, Carl Ikeme and top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, Saunders was able to deliver better news on the fortunes of Bakary Sako.

The Frenchman has enjoyed an influential first season at Molineux, scoring ten goals before suffering a hamstring injury against Bristol City last month.

However, despite the fact that the injury was first thought to be season-ending, Saunders said this week: "He's running at three-quarter pace in training now, so his hamstring is getting stronger.

"I've said to him that if he can get fit by next Friday - and you'd hope that his hamstring will be strong enough after an extra ten days - we might get the last two games out of him.

"It'll be a risk, but it'll be a risk we'll probably take because of the situation we're in. If he comes in and smacks one in the top corner, it'll be worth it."

There was also a positive update of the fitness of George Elokobi, who has been out of action since suffering an horrific injury whilst on loan at Bristol City in September.

"George has joined in with training the last couple of days," Saunders confirmed. "I think he needs 45 minutes under his belt, but I might have to throw him into the squad - he's a great character."

Ahead of tonight's game with Hull, Saunders had words of praise for the man who will occupy the opposing dug-out, and with whom he enjoyed frequent tussles during his playing career.

"Me and Steve (Bruce) had plenty of ding-dongs when we were players, but he was then player manager when we were both at Sheffield United," Saunders explained.

"He's a good manager - he gets the best out of players and he's done a terrific job at Hull. They were in a bit of trouble when and went there, Nick Barmby had just left and they had a few problems.

"He's managed to go in there and got them playing well and getting results. He was brave, honest and straight forward as a centre-half, and he's all those things as a manager too." 

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