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Wolves handed defensive injury boost before Man City

Wolves handed defensive injury boost before Man City

Willy Boly returns to first-team duties

Wolves boss Bruno Lage will be ecstatic to hear of the confirmed return of Ivory Coast international center-back Willy Boly.

The French-born defender has yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League this season under the Portuguese headmaster and looked guaranteed to miss out on inclusion in the matchday squad after a hamstring injury sidelined him during both the disappointing 0-0 draw with Burnley and the 1-0 loss against Liverpool.

His lone appearance of the campaign came in the 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Tottenham in the third round of the Carabao Cup back in September, with Boly failing to crack the preferred XI after Lage has turned to Max Kilman along with Conor Coady and Romain Saïss.

Despite his lack of appearances for Wolves this season, Boly is still keen to fight for his place in the Ivory Coast set up ahead of the African Cup of Nations that is set to kick-off on 9 January.

Wolves maintain the same flaws under Lage

Despite sitting in a much higher position in the table under new boss Bruno Lage, Wolves continue to face the same overall struggles in front of goal that plagued them under former headmaster Nuno Espírito Santo.

Wolves handed defensive injury boost before Man City

Aston Villa’s English defender Matty Cash (L) vies with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Brazilian defender Marcal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on October 16, 2021. – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently sitting 8th in the table, Wolves have failed to earn a win in their last three Premier League fixtures and have just a single win in their last five. But the most damning stat comes in the goals column across that period, with just one to their name during the 1-0 triumph over West Ham.

That struggle could be set to continue after Saturday’s clash with Manchester City as well, with fixtures against Brighton and Chelsea coming thick and fast during the difficult December period.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
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12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

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Player Team Goals
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
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