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Making Plans


12:22 5th December 2012

Boss waiting on injury bulletins

Boss Ståle Solbakken today acknowledged that his January spending plans will be affected by the injury bulletin on those currently out of action.

Wolves have several players on the sidelines with long-term injuries, including summer signings Razak Boukari and Slawomir Peszko, Dave Edwards, Stephen Hunt,Wayne Hennessey and George Elokobi.

Jamie O’Hara is only just back in training after a troublesome hernia problem, and Georg Margreitter too after suffering an injury-hit opening to his Wolves career.

Several of those out could well be back to fitness by the time the transfer window closes next month, and the injury reports will shape the key areas in which the manager would like to strengthen.

“We can’t really make just one plan – over the next two or three weeks, we’ll see what we can expect or not from the injured players,” he said.

“With the amount of games we’ve got coming up, we’re very short in some areas.

“That’s it, yes – it’s a case of what are we going to do?

“We might have one priority in one area, and now that may have to change.

“We’re normally well equipped with midfield players, but at this time, with all the injuries coming in one area, that also forces us to change or think differently about other players.

“We have shortlists of players now and we’re working on them.

“The problem is governed a little bit by all those injuries – that makes it a little bit more difficult.”

The boss is also aware of the possibility of covering gaps by utilising players in different positions – such as Björn Sigurdarson on the right last weekend – whilst some of the club’s younger players such as Anthony Forde and David Davis have also stepped in.

Solbakken added:  “Last week after the Millwall game, I practised with Bjorn on the training pitch with him playing wide right.

“That was a little bit because we need more players who can play wide, but also because we wanted to target the left side of Bristol City.

“I think we have to look at alternatives within the squad we have.

 “I think that David Davis and Anthony Forde are the ones who aren’t too down because of the injuries to the others.

“They will see it as a chance, and it will be good for them.”


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