Wolves injury blow a boost for Bolton Wanderers

Ben Hoskins

After struggling for much of the season, Wolverhampton Wanderers have finally picked up their form. Of course, their dramatic escape from the drop zone would come hot on the heels of their meeting with Bolton Wanderers this weekend. Wolves have won four of their last five games and lost only one of their last six. A large part of that form (both literally and figuratively) has been Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who has scored four goals in his last five games with a brace against Birmingham City in Wolves' last match.

It's that match that has done Ebanks-Blake in though and now, Wolves' leading striker is set to miss the remainder of the season following a broken fibula and high ankle sprain against Birmingham City. The challenge came from Paul Robinson (yes, that Paul Robinson) at the hour mark on Monday at St. Andrews with Ebanks-Blake would leave the match.

Speaking in a statement on the club's official website, Ebanks-Blake said:

"Obviously I'm bitterly disappointed to be missing the last five games, but I'll be right behind the lads."

Manager Dean Saunders added:

"In the space of 16 days and three games we have lost three players with broken bones.

"Against Bristol City we had Carl Ikeme with a broken hand and Dave Edwards with a foot fracture, and now Sylvan. They are freak injuries and they are ones that we could well do without.

"It was a bitter blow for Sylvan on Monday and for the club too. But it gives someone else a chance."

Wolves have six games left and sit just one point above the drop zone. Their second-leading scorer, Bakary Sako, was ruled out for the rest of the season a few weeks ago. Kevin Doyle is now the leading scorer amongst fit players with seven goals from 34 appearances.

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