Wolves were today reeling from another blow after Carl Ikeme was ruled out for up to six weeks.
The in-form keeper, who has been an ever-present in League One this season, has fractured a bone in his hand and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.
Ikeme underwent an X-ray this morning after sustaining in the injury in the closing stages of yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Tranmere.
Wolves have recalled Aaron McCarey back from his loan spell with York City.
Ikeme’s injury means Wolves are set to be without seven players for tomorrow’s trip to Gillingham.
Head coach Kenny Jackett is already without James Henry, Jack Price, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Matt Doherty and Liam McAlinden, while Richard Stearman is suspended following his sending off in yesterday’s draw at Prenton Park.
McCarey was due to complete his loan spell with York after their game against Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend, but will now return to join Wayne Hennessey in terms of the goalkeepers travelling to Gillingham.
McCarey made five appearances during a successful spell with York, keeping two clean sheets and conceding four goals.
Hennessey, meanwhile, enjoyed a successful loan spell with Yeovil during the first half of the season as he made his comeback from a cruciate knee injury, making 13 appearances and regaining his spot as Wales number one as a result of his form.
Ikeme broke his other hand last season.
On the injury crisis, Jackett said: “Ethan isn’t in a good state – his knee ligaments are stretched and swollen. If he makes it tomorrow night I’ll be surprised.
“We have to make changes and keep going and I think we’re capable of that. We have versatile and experienced players such as Sam Ricketts, George Elokobi and Scott Golbourne, who came on and was excellent.”
Meanwhile, Jackett again insisted new arrivals aren’t imminent, certainly not in time for Gillingham. And he stressed there had been no move for Kevin Phillips, who is now a free agent after his release from Crystal Palace. “There hasn’t been any interest yet; we’re looking to add players but taking Kevin isn’t something we’ve talked about and we haven’t made any contact.”
But we’ll see – we’ll look at our injuries and at the balance of the front part of the side.”
Jackett was again left frustrated by Wolves’ inability to make the most of their chances after dominating possession.
“With that amount of the ball, we really should be doing better,” he said. “We need to be more clinical and up our goals total.”
Jackett admitted Stearman, who saw red for hauling back Ryan Lowe, deserved to go. He added: “He’s been excellent. We’re going to miss him but I can’t have any complaints over the decision.”