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It's new heartbreak for injury-hit Razak

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

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.

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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.

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"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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