Björn Sigurdarson has become the latest in a long list of injury casualties from Wolves’ problem position.
The Icelander is out of tomorrow’s game at Blackpool with a tight thigh muscle and follows five other players – Slawomir Peszko, Razak Boukari, Jermaine Pennant, David Edwards and Stephen Hunt – in being sidelined after at some point filling the wide right role.
Manager Stale Solbakken hopes Sigurdarson will be back for the Christmas games but is not prepared to take a chance on him at Bloomfield Road and run the risk of losing him for several weeks.
“He’s very scared that if he plays, he will have a long-term absence, so he’s not in the squad,” Solbakken said.
“He trained fully yesterday but today he had no chance. If we press him into action tomorrow, it could be six weeks instead of three or five days or whatever.
“So we’re hoping it’s only a small problem. That’s why we’re pulling him out of this one game. We have to take advice from the physios as well.”
The development could spell a place in the starting line-up for Pennant, who has not been in the 11 since the home game against Millwall on November 27.
He went on as a substitute against Birmingham and Middlesbrough in the last two matches since remaining on the bench in the 4-1 win at Bristol City.
He has also had a niggling ankle injury but is now fully fit.
“I’m sick and tired of talking about it now – we’ve had so many injuries,” Solbakken added.
“He (Björn) has probably been one of our best players over the last five games.”
Georg Margreitter has also picked up a knock that is likely to further delay his planned return to the squad.
The defender has started only two games – both in the Capital One Cup – since his summer arrival and had been making good progress.
“He has trained well for three weeks but felt yesterday his hamstring was not good and we have to avoid a long-term situation,” Solbakken said.