Wolves were today dealt a triple injury blow for the Championship survival scrap.
Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme could miss the rest of the season after punching a tactics board and breaking his hand following a dressing-room row with manager Dean Saunders.
And winger Bakary Sako, plus midfielder Dave Edwards, now look set to sit out the rest of the campaign following injuries during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bristol City.
Scans today revealed Sako has torn his right hamstring after limping off 33 minutes into the game, ruling the 24-year-old out for around six weeks. And Edwards, who limped off five minutes later, has fractured his fifth metatarsal which will KO his season.
But it is the injury to Ikeme which will be the talking point among fans.
The 26-year-old damaged his hand punching the tactics board following a confrontation with Saunders, who is believed to have criticised the keeper for allowing David Davis’ backpass to squirm through him.
Saunders initially said the shotstopper had damaged his hand during the first half.
But it has emerged that he sustained the injury taking out his anger after being accused of his part in the blunder by the manager.
Ikeme, who has missed just one of the club’s 42 league and cup games this season, was replaced at half-time by Dorus De Vries, who now looks set for an extended run in the team after just two substitute’s outings in the Championship this term.
With Ikeme and Wayne Hennessey out, Wolves are set to recall Aaron McCarey from his loan at Walsall as cover, which they are allowed to do after the first 28 days, from Thursday.
Meanwhile, wide midfielder Stephen Hunt has today vowed to fill the gap left by Sako.
Hunt, who was man of the match against City after setting up the two goals when replacing Sako, wants to use it as an opportunity to force his claims.
“It might be good timing – I’ve got ambitions to get into the team and it might help with Sako getting injured,” said the 31-year-old.
“One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain.
“You never wish anyone to get injured but this is a chance for me and I intend to take it with both hands.”