It's new heartbreak for injury-hit Razak

Perennial injury victim Razak Boukari has suffered a new blow after being stretchered off on his latest comeback from injury.

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Razak Boukari limps off after his last first-team appearance for Wolves in September 2012

He made a surprise return in Friday night’s under-21 game at Fulham – only to go off injured again in the first half.

Wolves said the first indications were of a “serious knee injury” which will be assessed over the coming days, adding: “Everyone wishes him well.”

Bradley Reid and Aaron Simpson were also injured at Motspur Park, further blemishes on Wolves’ 3-0 victory.

But it is the extent of the damage to Togolese winger Boukari – and its impact on his long-term future – which will be of most concern.

Under-21s boss Scott Sellars said: "Razak hasn’t played much football and has worked hard to get back fit.

“The plan was for him to play 30 to 45 minutes to get him going again.

“He was playing well and showing his quality and then he has picked up a serious injury which is bitterly disappointing and everyone is really feeling for him at the moment."

In-form striker Reid and full-back Simpson will also be assessed, with the former set to have an x-ray.

Sellars added: "Reidy took a nasty kick and twist at the same time, and will have an x-ray.

“That injury came after he’d got another goal and looked a threat.

“He’s worked really hard in pre-season and got himself in a really good position with his football so it’s disappointing for him too.

“And the same for Aaron who has done well and been a regular in the six or seven months he has been with us.

“The physios will take a look at them all over the next few days and then we will know more.”

There were positives for Wolves last night with Jed Wallace and George Saville - both out since the start of pre-season with knee injuries - playing 90 minutes.

First-team outcast Tommy Rowe also played the full game. Wallace, Reid and Connor Ronan were the goalscorers.

Boukari was last seen in the Wolves first team in September 2012 against Sheffield Wednesday.

He left the field injured that day too and has rarely been fully fit since, apart from when on loan at French side Sochaux in the 2013/14 season.

A succession of injury problems have ruined his Wolves career and restricted him to just six appearances, which were all made in the first month after he joined from Rennes for £2.5m in August 2012.

The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer.

But Kenny Jackett had handed him another olive branch to make a belated impact at Molineux.

He said ahead of last night's game: “He’s training with the under-21s at the moment.

“Its been a frustrating time for him injury-wise and it’ll be good to see him play some football.

“Hopefully he starts building up confidence in his body that he can have a period without breaking down through injury.

“He’ll be as frustrated as anybody else with the repetition of his injuries.”

Boukari’s Wolves career appeared to be at an end recently when Jackett said it was ‘quite poor’ that the winger had not managed to build up to fitness after being injury-free since March.

The Wolves boss said he wouldn’t be considering Boukari until he could prove his fitness.

That opportunity now appears to have been a poisoned chalice for Boukari in what may well have been his last chance at making a go of it at the club.

Jackett added: “He comes in and works hard and gets on with it, there’s no problems in terms of work ethic, its just those injuries that’s stopped his Wolves career.”

Meanwhile, Wolves are looking to get back on track at Cardiff City following the 3-2 midweek defeat at home to QPR.

Kevin McDonald scored an excellent goal to put Wolves 2-0 up on Wednesday night and Jackett said he would be looking for more goals from the Scot, as well as recent signing Conor Coady.

The boss said: “We feel as he passes the ball through with such accuracy on the edge of the box, can he not side-foot and pass that ball into the corner?”

“He did that very well and has been working on it in training, trying to get him up to the edge of the box to sidefoot in either corner and upping his goals total.”

Kick off against Cardiff on Saturday is 5.15pm.

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Comments for: "It's new heartbreak for injury-hit Razak"

Bleydh

There seems to be a story like this about Razzak every couple of months. You can't believe the succession of injuries he's received. It says something for his mental strength that he's kept going and not thrown the towel in. A career ruined all because of one brutal tackle. You would like to think he could still come back but that must be doubtful now. While I hope that he will I don't see it being with Wolves. We've paid his wages and medical bills and can't be expected to do much more. Just hope that somehow he can still have a career as a footballer. He appears to be decent sort of guy.

Solentwolves

I agree with everything you say here, Bleydh. What this latest injury will have done for him both physically and psychologically doesn't bear thinking about.

BrownedOff

I don't recall the tackle that started this chain of events, but those players who do go into a tackle with the intent of causing (or risking) serious harm should be sued - along with the club they play for.

Perhaps then, when the offending player has to stump up millions for ending someone's career, they will think twice about doing it again. Red cards are a pathetic waste of time when someone get's away with this sort of behaviour. Perhaps along with large claims for compensation, we can also penalise the clubs they play for by deducting points from them.

wolfo

Gutted for him, surely thats it for him now cant see him building a career in football here, should be released now waste of time beyond a joke.

Gerry Mannion

OK ...the joke is over.

It is most unfortunate for the guy but the facts have shown him to be excessively prone to injury and most likely his career in football has come to an end.

Sorry old chap but you need to face the facts.

Timmiswolf

Really feel for Razak. Was at Motspur Park last night and he started the game really well, with a run that led to the opening goal after a matter of seconds. Beyond that he looked quite sharp - and strong in the air - but his injury looked and sounded awful. It was an awkward mid air collision and fall and his cry of pain was quite something. Desperately sad. I wish him well.

Not sure if the game was recorded and if any video footage will emerge but, if so, look out for Jed Wallace's first time cross for the second goal. Absolutely superb and the ball of the night.

Fingers crossed for this afternoon...

Stokewolf64

Hi Timmis; did Jed play the full 90 minutes last night?

Apart from the cross, how did he look overall?

UTW

Timmiswolf

Yep - the full 90. Looked lively, was neat and tidy (bar one ridiculous attempt at a back heel on the edge of his own box!) and got into some useful positions. Superb vision and execution for the second goal (as I mentioned before) and a neat finish as well. He can be pleased with his performance. Maybe a little way off the first team (fitness wise). He played down the right last night. Would now be interesting to see him play in other positions.

TwoSocksMorgan

I heard the same from my Uncle and Aunty. They said he has the passion and the drive just needs to be honed. I think we have some excellent prospects.

Stokewolf64

Very disappointing for the lad, he must be gutted.

Let's hope Razak and Wolves have some decent insurance in place, as I just can't see him playing again if it's a really bad knee injury.

On another note, I really wish the E&S would stop referring to Tommy Rowe as "outcast".. He's coming back from injury!!!

Whether he will turn out good enough once he's fit again is another thing, but the E&S are well out of order!!

Good luck to the lads today, and let's hope KJ has come to his senses and puts Ikeme back in goal, and gets rid of this diamond formation!!

UTW

Finchy

Agree about Tommy Rowe they like to make things more interesting than they actually are...

I wouldn't count on Ikeme being in goal, think jacket will stick to his guns for this game, but if he messes up again then he will have no choice but to revert back to ikeme!

Solentwolves

Stokewolf64 - I feel the same as you regarding the use of "outcast" when applied to Tommy Rowe. If the E&S want to do another outcast story, they could enlighten us on the whereabouts of Sigardurson.

ELDERVO

He isn't the first and won't be the last player with a modicum of talent that has a promising career blighted through injuries. It happens and I feel for the lad. However, this is football and it is big business these days. The club and the player if he's been handled right should have insurance against this sort of thing, Time to call it a day from a footballing point of view, do what we can for the lad regards life outside of football but stop wasting time and resources of the coaching and fitness staff who have more important issues to deal with.

TwoSocksMorgan

Nice to see a bit of support for Razak. It isnt his fault. He is a good player but this doesn't look good. I disagree with sick and dishonourable despots like Eldervo. You can be a kind club and do well. Man U stook with Owen and Fletcher and other players riddled with problems because they know there is more to heaven and earth than money. It wont break our bank to still try with this guy. Maybe find him a job here... maybe then european players will want to play for us out of honour and admiration.

This is very sad. I remember being at Carrington in Manchester when Van Nistelrooy rebroke his leg... the scream will stay with me for life. It is hard not to use your heart and want to do right by the guy. That is me though - I prefer to do the right thing ethically and be humane. I know many on here considerer that heresy.

Baldwin

I agree totally with twosocks morgan, there is more to life than just football. I hope that the club do their best to help Boukari through this very trying time again and give him whatever help he needs to prepare for his long term future outside football