Wolves’ worst fears were confirmed today when injured trio Carl Ikeme, Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards were ruled out for the season.
Ikeme has had an operation on the hand he broke punching the tactics board at half-time of the 2-1 win over Bristol City and will be in plaster for five weeks.
Sako has a grade two hamstring tear and will be out for six to eight weeks and Edwards has broken his fifth metatarsal and will be sidelined for a similar period of time. Edwards will find out this week if he needs surgery.
All three were injured at the Bristol City game. With the final game of the season at Brighton on May 4, there are fewer than six weeks of the campaign left, ending the hopes of any of the three being fully fit in time.
“Carl has undergone surgery on his broken hand which has included some metalwork going in there which will be removed in five weeks’ time,” said Wolves’ head of medical Phil Hayward. “It’s going to be difficult for him to feature again this season.
“Bakary suffered a grade two hamstring tear during the first half against Bristol City, and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
“While we’ll be doing everything we can to get him back at the lower end of that range, recovery can often take eight weeks so it will be a battle for him to play again this season.
“Dave suffered a stress fracture of his fifth metatarsal, an injury not uncommon at this stage of the season, especially in players who cover as much ground in a week as Dave.
“He’d noticed an ache during the first few minutes, and picked up a kick to the same area, and with the concern he’d suffered a bone injury, this proved to be the case and he immediately came off.
“He’s due to see a consultant early this week to decide if treatment will be conservative or surgical.”