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Blow for Wolves as Jack Price out for a month

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Wolves were dealt a blow this afternoon when Jack Price was ruled out for up to four weeks.

The 20-year-old midfielder was forced off with knee ligament damage at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient yesterday and looks like missing most of January.

Head coach Kenny Jackett said: "Jack has a knee ligament injury and will be out for three to four weeks.

"It's a real blow because we'll miss him.

"He's a good player – he's a terrific passer, he can pass forwards and sometimes you can miss what he does because he plays one-touch and passes forwards all the time.

"He's terrific at picking up second balls and just generally as a person he has a good morale about him that rubs off on others.

"This is his debut season in first-team football but he's had some very good games and I think he has a good future ahead of him at the club."

Price only made his big breakthrough in the summer when he was included on the summer tour Scotland and has gone on to play 13 games, nine in the league.

Jackett believes the Shrewsbury-born youngster is one of the club's most-improved players.

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He added: "I've been impressed with Jack this season and I think his improvement during the first half of the campaign has been considerable.

"I think he has a really good future and his passing is excellent – he passes the ball forward and he passes it early, one and two touch.

"He also has a good ability to get around the field, close down and pick up second balls with a good enthusiasm.

"He does things very quickly, efficiently and easily and sometimes when I watch games through a second time I can notice and appreciate how much his early passing helps the team.

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"His link-up with Kevin McDonald in the Orient game was very good."

Dave Edwards replaced Price at half-time yesterday and Jackett believes Price's absence is a chance for other midfielders to stake their claim with trips to Tranmere and Gillingham on Wednesday and Friday respectively however.

"We've got other midfielders –Dave Edwards, Lee Evans and David Davis - so it's not a position we're short on," said the boss.

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