Wolves’ Willy Boly could be out for several months after having an operation on his broken left ankle on Wednesday, according to the Express & Star.
The 28-year-old centre-back picked up the injury against ahead of his side’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the weekend and the club’s medical staff have said that he will “be in a boot for six weeks”.
According to the Express & Star, the surgery went “smoothly” but Boly is not expected to play again until at least the New Year.
The report quoted Wolves’ medical chief Phil Hayward as saying: “Willy had surgery in London to repair the bone with a small metal plate and screws.
“The procedure went as planned with no complications and he will now return to Compton to begin the early stages of his rehabilitation.
“Willy will be in a boot for the first six weeks, working hard to maintain fitness and muscle bulk in the leg before progressing to more functional activities.
“In terms of time scales, a lot depends on how he progresses in the first few weeks and how well the fracture heals.”
Boly will be a major miss for Wolves over the next few months if the reports are accurate, and nobody will know better than the head of the medical team himself.
He has been a dominant presence at the back for Wolves, winning 4.9 aerial duels per game this term. That is two more than the next highest average, posted by Romain Saiss. [via WhoScored]
One indication of how well his team will do without the Frenchman was the fact they lost 5-2 against Chelsea in the game Boly missed due to picking up a red card against Everton.
Another factor will be the ongoing congestion period of seven games in 23 days in which they currently find themselves, with a relegation battle to avoid and a Europa League campaign also in their calendar.
They’ve got a great chance of advancing in Europe after winning two out of their three group games so far and sitting one point off the top of their group, so they’ll need as many fit players as possible.
Boly’s absence will likely be felt on both domestic and European fronts, but Nuno Espirito Santo will have to find a sustainable solution considering the lengthy absence he now faces.
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