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Wolves' Carl Ikeme a big doubt for Derby clash

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Injury victim Carl Ikeme is 'touch and go' for Wolves' visit of Derby County on Saturday – but Ola John is out for a month with a hamstring strain.

Ikeme was withdrawn at half time with a sore hip and has strained his oblique muscle.

The Nigeria international was replaced by Andy Lonergan during the 1-1 draw with Blackburn – and the back-up keeper may be in line for a first league start for the club this weekend.

Interim boss Rob Edwards said of Ikeme: "We're going to try and reduce the inflammation. He's touch and go and we'll know more in a few days."

Meanwhile Dutch international Ola John, who has made just three substitute appearances since joining on loan from Benfica in August, is sidelined for at least the next four weeks.

John suffered the hamstring strain before last Saturday's trip to Blackburn. Jack Price also missed that game with a knee problem but should be fine to be in contention against the Rams.

Edwards added: "Ola John had a grade two hamstring strain late in the week which is disappointing. He could be looking more at December time.

"Pricey we're hoping to have back in training on Tuesday (today)."

Wolves are currently just three points off the drop zone but ahead of this weekend's game Edwards said he was looking up the table, not down.

"I don't want people looking over their shoulders at the moment and worrying," he said. "Blackburn were in there when we played them the other day, and they're a good team.

"I don't think the table has sorted itself out yet (but) I understand there's a realism that it's very tight at the moment."

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