Razak Boukari's Wolves career all-but-over

Luckless winger Razak Boukari's Wolves career is almost certainly over after he was ruled out for a year with a serious knee injury.

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The 28-year-old – who is out of contract at Molineux next summer – ruptured his patella tendon when jumping for a header during an under-21 fixture against Fulham on Friday.

And the Togo winger has surely now been seen for the final time in a Wolves shirt, with his latest injury setback leaving him "as low as he's ever been."

Boukari had been injury-free since March after getting over a series of hamstring problems, with the knee injury completed unconnected to any of the many he has suffered in his Wolves career.

Head of medical Phil Hayward told of how staff were gutted for the lik-eable wide man.

He said: "Razak jumped for a header and as he's gone to take off he's felt a nasty popping sensation and he's ruptured his patella tendon on his left side.

"It's a very serious and quite unusual injury. He'll have surgery this week and the rehabilitation time is quite long, probably a year, perhaps a bit more.

"It's completely different to his other injuries. Most of his serious injuries have been his right side – his calf and hamstring, unfortunately it's his other side and his knee, which he's never had trouble with before.

"We've just been so cautious with him, we didn't want to put him at risk by putting him in too soon. We were really confident he'd be absolutely fine."

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Boukari's knee cap was displayed and he left the field in agony. It came at a time when the £2.5million signing from Sochaux was hoping to force his way into head coach Kenny Jackett's plans.

Hayward added: "I know a lot of people had written him off as a Wolves player.

"But he was still thinking if he played well on Friday and played another reserve game, he could have impressed the manager and got a chance.

"From being almost there to probably being as low as he's ever been, he's shattered psychologically.

"Everyone's devastated. Although he's not been in the team he's been around the first-team players for three years, the lads get on well with him.

"He's devastated, as you can imagine. He thought he was over the worst of his injuries."

Boukari has made just six appearances since joining in August 2012, all within a month of him signing. The last of those ended with him limping off at Molineux against Sheffield Wednesday.

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Jackett had last week offered an olive branch to Boukari, ahead of the Fulham game, in which he had made a bright start before suffering his injury around half an hour in.

The Wolves boss said: "It just shows with the luck he's had since he's been here. His body has broken down again, apparently he was in a lot of pain, it's not something you want to see.

"It's a big setback for him and frustrating for the club and for him. His body just hasn't been able to get used to playing football on a regular basis.

"He's worked hard and been diligent and, although I don't know him well, he comes across as a very good young man.

"He just hasn't been able to play consistently and this is a bad injury and a real blow."

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