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Wolves hit by injury to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

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Wolves were today sweating on the prospect of losing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the rest of the season.

The 15-goal top scorer limped away from St. Andrew's last night on crutches with suspected ligament damage to his left ankle.

Ebanks-Blake suffered the injury 'rolling' his ankle after a challenge from former Albion defender Paul Robinson and was forced off 64 minutes into the 3-2 win.

Losing the 26-year-old, who scored twice in yesterday's victory, would be a huge blow, especially with Wolves already without four players for the season – Carl Ikeme, Dave Edwards, Bakary Sako and Razak Boukari.

Manager Dean Saunders said: "Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is possibly out for the season with ankle ligament damage. Fingers crossed that's not the case, but we'll have to see.

"He went over on his ankle and I think it's partly down to fatigue and stretching."

Ebanks-Blake wasn't the only casualty, with Jamie O'Hara struggling with a dead leg from Saturday's3-2 win against Middlesbrough and man of the match David Davis suffering a groin problem.

But Saunders is hoping it's just fatigue and that the pair can make Saturday's trip to Bolton after two games in three days.

"David was signalling to come off, but we had to leave him out there," said Saunders. "It was just tiredness. Jamie played with a dead leg which he hadn't fully got over."

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Victory was Wolves' third in a row, their fourth in five and their first at St Andrew's in exactly 12 years.

Goals from Stephen Hunt and Ebanks-Blake put Wolves 3-0 ahead at half-time before Wade Elliott's brace made it a tense finish.

It lifted them a point out of the drop zone up to 18th, although five of the six teams below have a game in hand. Saunders believes the turnaround has been triggered by players rediscovering their form.

""We've started scoring and have a few players playing well," he said.

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