Wolves were today facing an anxious wait over two defenders in the countdown to Saturday’s derby against Coventry.
Matt Doherty has withdrawn from the Ireland Under-21s squad with a tight groin sustained in their 0-0 draw with Romania in the UEFA Under-21 Championships qualifying round Group Six in Piatra Neamt on Friday.
The in-form right-back, who set up two goals in the 3-0 win at Colchester last time out, has returned to Compton for treatment and misses the return fixture against the same opponents at Sligo’s Showgrounds tomorrrow (3pm).
Wolves will now be hoping Doherty and captain Sam Ricketts will be fit for the visit of the Sky Blues this weekend.
Ricketts won’t return to train until Thursday or Friday after having an injection in his knee last Thursday to repair floating cartilage that has been troubling him since September 6.
Doherty, like Ricketts an ever present so far in League One for Wolves this season, played the full 90 minutes for his country on Friday alongside Wolves team-mates Aaron McCarey and Anthony Forde, only to withdraw yesterday.
He tweeted: “Disappointed to have to pull out of the 21s game on Tuesday but if your not right their is no point in risking further injury.”
Losing both defenders would be a big blow to Wolves, with Doherty arguably the most consistent player for the team this season and the versatile Ricketts not far behind.