Adam Hammill was today challenged to be Wolves’ wing saviour after the twin midfield injury blow to the club’s survival hopes.
The 25-year-old wide man is in manager Dean Saunders’ thoughts as one of the men to step in when Wolves return to action for the visit of Middlesbrough in eight days’ time.
David Edwards and Bakary Sako have been effectively ruled out for the season with respective foot and hamstring injuries.
Hammill and Stephen Hunt appear to be the most likely replacements for the duo, rather than out-of-favour Slawomir Peszko or Kevin Foley.
Razak Boukari isn’t fit enough to challenge for a recall yet, while Foley isn’t fully fit as he is undergoing a course of injections in his ankle.
“We’ve lost three key players – David Edwards is an important player as well because he’s a goalscoring midfielder who gives you everything,” said Saunders.
“But it gives someone else a chance. Hammill is in my thoughts – he’s just got to show me in the next 10 days that he looks right, physically and mentally.
"He’s got a goal in him, he’s an attacking player who can cross it, shoot and score. With Edwards being injured, him and Peszko have got a chance.
“Peszko has been in the queue, but I’ve played Edwards and Foley there mostly. With Sako on the other side, we’ve got to get the right balance, especially away from home.
"But I have got different problems now.”
Saunders added: “Razak still isn’t right. Foley can play there – he’s had some injections, but they’re only to settle an oil-like substance into his joint.
"It’s not that he’s had an injection because he can’t get fit, it’s just to help him. He just has to have a couple of days off every time he has one.
“So he didn’t train on Tuesday but he’s trained later in the week.”
Hammill has appeared just once under Saunders – 14 minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to his former club Barnsley.
His last league start was the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in January 2012, when he was Wolves’ man of the match.
He has made just 20 league appearances for Wolves since his £500,000 move from the Tykes in January 2011.
But now he could be in line to face ’Boro, where he played 10 games on loan this time last year.