Kenny Jackett today questioned Wolves' treatment of injured Razak Boukari – as David Davis’ loan to Barnsley fell through.
Winger Boukari has been ruled out for six weeks after pulling a hamstring in Tuesday’s 1-1 friendly draw at AFC Telford – his comeback game after several months out.
Boukari, who cost £2.5m two years ago and is one of the eight players in the outcasts’ ‘group three’, was injured for most of his season-long loan at Sochaux.
And head coach Jackett is critical of the way the Togo international has been looked after by the club.
“To lose him so early we have to question ourselves really,” said Jackett.
“It’s a hamstring injury that will possibly be six weeks, so did we do it right with him? Sometimes it’s bad luck but what we have to do is make sure it’s not preparation.
“From that point of view we’re always looking to do better. We’re disappointed because he’s quite a talented lad, but I haven’t had the opportunity of seeing him very much.
“Over the last two seasons, whether it be with us or out on loan, he’s hardly played any games.”
Meanwhile, Davis’ loan move to Barnsley has broken down over personal terms.
“Nothing’s been agreed with Barnsley or ourselves and at present he’s still a Wolves player,” said Jackett.
“Whether Barnsley will come back in the future, I don’t know.
“It was going to be a loan deal, but it’s down to terms rather than football. They did discuss a potential sale as well, after the loan, but the basis of it was a loan and terms haven’t been agreed.
“Dave is with us and training. There’s no other interest in him at the moment.”
The midfielder won’t be involved in tomorrow’s first-team friendly at Crewe, but could be welcomed back to the squad in the future, if no one comes in for him.
“Tommy Rowe’s injured, but we’ve got Kevin McDonald, Lee Evans, Jack Price, potentially and Dave Edwards and Michael Jacobs in that area so he won’t suddenly jump into the team against Crewe, which will be a first-team fixture,” said the boss.
“If through his training he gets back in, he has a good character and a very good work ethic, so I wouldn’t hesitate to use him if I needed to.”