Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett was today facing up to a right-back crisis for Saturday’s clash against Stevenage.
Matt Doherty is doubtful to recover from his tweaked hamstring in time while the club awaits results on Richard Stearman, who underwent a scan on Monday night on his foot injury.
Kevin Foley has an ongoing ankle problem but is the only one of the three who has trained this week.
“Matt’s more of a ‘no’ than a ‘yes’ for Saturday,” said Jackett.
“With some injuries, you can start playing again being a few per cent below full fitness, but with hamstring injuries, you can’t go back in unless they’re exactly right.”
As for Stearman, who came off at Bradford on Saturday, Jackett said: “Unless there’s any long-term damage, he should be training by tomorrow.
“He had a scan on Monday night to see if there’s any deeper problem in the bottom of that foot because it’s been giving him problems for a few weeks.”
Of the trio, Foley is leading the race.
“Kevin has a chance of being fit for Saturday - I think he’ll be fine,” said Jackett.
“He lacks match practice but he started training again on Monday and he’s definitely in my thoughts.
“If he has a good week in training, he’s an experienced player to have.”
Foley has had niggling ankle problems on and off for four years and Jackett admitted the full-back is struggling to shake off the long-term problem.
“It’s the same problem, yes,” he said. “Generally it’s been the same ankle and he’s pulled out quite a number of times.
“But the last one was a kick in the game which is easier to treat and get over.”
Whoever plays, Jackett hopes for minimal disruption to a back four that has conceded just eight goals this season.
“Mainly our back players have been four from five of Doherty, Danny Batth, Sam Ricketts, Scott Golbourne and Stearman.
“Then in the cup games we’ve put in Foley, George Elokobi and Ethan Ebanks-Landell and he came on on Saturday and did a good job against Kyel Reid, which was an area where they were getting quite a bit of joy at the time.
“Whether that was down to Richard’s injury, I’m not sure, but as he did in the cup, Ethan started slightly nervously then got into the game.”