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Wolves in new injury blow on Matt Doherty

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Wolves could be without Matt Doherty for Saturday's crunch relegation collision against Huddersfield as David Davis was all-but written off for the season.

Manager Dean Saunders had been clinging to a glimmer of hope that Davis' ankle injury was not as bad as first feared.

but scans have shown there is ligament damage and he has now effectively been ruled out of their plans.

And he is now concerned about Doherty, who is a doubt after hurting his ankle during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton.

Saunders said: "Doherty might not be fit for Saturday. He 'rolled' his ankle, which is swollen. We're waiting on it to see if the swelling goes down."

Kevin Foley stands by to replace Doherty, if the 21-year-old is out.

Asked if Davis would miss the rest of the season, Saunders said: "That's what I've been told. It doesn't look good.

"I had been hoping he might just be out for two weeks and he might be ready for the last two games.

"But the X-Ray and the scan shows ligament damage so he's likely to be out for the season now too."

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Davis is the sixth player Wolves have lost for the rest of the campaign inside four weeks after injuries to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Dave Edwards, Bakary Sako, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Razak Boukari.

Saunders admitted their injury crisis had turned into a "nightmare".

He said: "To lose possibly six players in four weeks – three to broken bones with Ikeme, Edwards and Ebanks-Blake – is a nightmare.

"These are mostly all players who have been regulars."

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Saunders insisted he had no problem with Jay Spearing's tackle which caused Davis' injury, however.

The Wolves boss said: "It was a strong tackle but normally one where the player gets up.

"Paul Robinson's tackle on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was a strong one but, sometimes, it's just bad luck.

"The player's foot is planted a certain way and his ligaments went. But those sort of tackles are made by us as well, so I'm not going to complain.

"It's a man's game and it's just unfortunate he had his ankle on the ground at the time of impact."

Ebanks-Blake is expected to be out for six weeks.

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