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Price Sidelined With Injury

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15:07 30th December 2013

Midfielder ruled out for a month

Jack Price is expected to be sidelined for a month with the knee injury sustained against Leyton Orient yesterday.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who has made 13 appearances so far in an impressive breakthrough season, was forced off at half time of the 1-1 draw.

While Wolves do have plenty of competition for places in the midfield area, Head Coach Kenny Jackett admits it’s a “real blow” to lose a player who has been in good form.

“Jack has a knee ligament injury and will be out for three to four weeks,” said Jackett.

“It’s a real blow because we’ll miss him.

“He’s a good player – he’s a terrific passer, he can pass forwards and sometimes you can miss what he does because he plays one-touch and passes forwards all the time.

“He’s terrific at picking up second balls and just generally as a person he has a good morale about him that rubs off on others.

“This is his debut season in first-team football but he’s had some very good games and I think he has a good future ahead of him at the club.

“I’ve been impressed with Jack this season and I think his improvement during the first half of the campaign has been considerable.

“I think he has a really good future and his passing is excellent – he passes the ball forward and he passes it early, one and two touch.

“He also has a good ability to get around the field, close down and pick up second balls with a good enthusiasm.

“He does things very quickly, efficiently and easily and sometimes when I watch games through a second time I can notice and appreciate how much his early passing helps the team.

“His link-up with Kevin McDonald in the Orient game was very good.”

Price’s absence means at least one change for Jackett as Wolves head into this week’s back-to-back awaydays with Tranmere on Wednesday (3pm) and Gillingham on Friday (7.45pm).

“We’ve got other midfielders – Dave Edwards, Lee Evans and David Davis - so it’s not a position we’re short on,” added Jackett.

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