Wolves should soon find out the extent of the damage suffered by defender Willy Boly, who broke his leg after slipping at the club’s training ground in Compton.
The Express & Star reported that the 28-year-old fractured his fibula last Saturday, with Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo saying that he went for an MRI scan yesterday.
According to the Express & Star, Boly is due to see a specialist today and will find out whether the injury will require an operation, along with shedding some light on the length of time for which he will be out of action.
Boly has been an immense presence in the centre of defence for Wolves since their return to the Premier League in 2018, with the Frenchman ranking highly in Nuno’s squad for several metrics.
Last season, he won the joint-most aerial duels per game (3.8) along with Matt Doherty, while only two players won more tackles per game than his 2.4, and only Ruben Neves eclipsed his two interceptions per match average. [via WhoScored]
So far in 2019/20, his aerial duels average has grown to 4.9 per game, by far the most of any Wolves player, while his tackling average has increased to three per game (second only to Joao Moutinho) and his 1.9 interceptions per game is the best in the squad. [via WhoScored]
As noted by the Express & Star, Boly’s enforced absence from the 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Sunday forced Doherty to start at centre-back before reverting to his usual right-back role in the second half after Leander Dendoncker dropped back from midfield.
Those changes were also enforced by the absence of another centre-back in Ryan Bennett with a groin problem, although the ex-Norwich man could possibly return for the trip to Arsenal on Saturday, according to premierinjuries.com.
If not, that would leave Nuno short of two of his regular centre-back trio for a second Premier League game in succession.
Boly’s superb defensive statistics serve to highlight how big a loss he will be for whatever length of time he is ruled out, with Nuno being forced to experiment with centre-back combinations in his absence.
Midfielder Romain Saiss was preferred to natural centre-back Jesus Vallejo at Newcastle, with Conor Coady the only member of the starting back three in his regular position.
Bennett’s imminent return to the fold should decrease the level of experimentation from Nuno, but whoever is entrusted to fill in for Boly at centre-back will have massive shoes to fill in his absence.
Wolves fans, how damaging could Boly’s absence be and who do you think should start at centre-back instead of him? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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