Willy Boly suffered an injury in training, prompting him to miss Wolves’ 1-1 draw away to Newcastle on Sunday.
The Frenchman has already played 11 times in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season, including some noteworthy performances in the Europa League, but now it looks like they’ll have to do without his services for some time.
According to a most recent update from Birmingham Live, Boly will be taken for an MRI scan before seeing an injury specialist on Tuesday to determine when he can return to the fold. As per BBC Sport recently too, it’s a suspected ankle fracture.
The 28-year-old proved a key man in last season’s hunt for European football, with the defender averaging an 81% pass success rate, scoring four goals and winning two Man of the Match awards in 36 league appearances – as per WhoScored.com.
In place of the injured Boly, Romain Saiss started alongside the traditional backline of Conor Coady and Matt Doherty, who allowed Jamaal Lascelles to ghost into the penalty box and score against them.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, Espirito-Santo admits his absence will be a hammer blow.
“The worst thing is that what happened yesterday is a moment of sadness,” Nuno said.
“To see him in pain, suffering, it was terrible for us. He’s a big, big guy – an important player and a fantastic man. We’ll miss him.”
Indeed, with Wolves’ lack of defensive cover, an injury such as this could be detrimental to repeating the heroics of last season.
After a slow start to the season, despite recently recording a shock 2-0 victory at champions Manchester City, it could be an uphill battle to regain form, especially defensively given his previous stature in their backline.
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