Wolves journalist Liam Keen has provided an update when it comes to the return of defender Willy Boly.
The 30-year-old defender didn’t have the greatest of luck last season when it came to staying fit and healthy, as he spent three separate spells away from the team for a variety of health reasons, and it would seem as though his bad luck has carried over into this campaign as well.
He recently suffered an injury after just 17 minutes of playing time in their pre-season game against Real Betis, which puts his fitness ahead of the start of the season into some doubt.
That doubt was pretty much confirmed by Keen on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast as he provided an update on the Ivorian’s return, hinting that it could be some time yet before he’s back playing games competitively:
“Willy Boly, as it stands, is a couple of weeks away with his hamstring injury. They’re hoping to have him back by the end of the month. However, that means it’s very unlikely that he’s going to be available for Leicester.
“So essentially, he’s going to miss start the season – likely to miss the start of the season. He’s fighting to be fit for that, but it’s unlikely he’ll make it and they’re hoping to have him back before the end of August.”
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It certainly is a bit of a worrying update for Keen to deliver, because with Wolves predicted to start the season off playing with a 3-4-3 formation, given the number of central defenders they have available, they’re pretty much down to the bare bones when it comes to options.
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And his presence in the Wolves backline could be sorely missed, as he ranked in the top three for the club in interceptions, clearances and blocks per game for the team last season, whilst also leading them in aerial duels won per game.
So hopefully his time away from the team isn’t too long, because with the club going into a new era with Bruno Lage in charge, he’ll want to get off to a decent start, and having one of your best defenders out for the first few weeks will certainly be difficult to overcome.