Doyle injury could prove costly for Wolves

by Ben McAleer

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The news that Wolves striker Kevin Doyle could miss the rest of the season must have rocked all those associated with the club. Doyle lasted a total of 20 minutes in the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying win over Macedonia before limping off with a knee injury.

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trappattoni has claimed Doyle has suffered medial ligament damage and will be out for one or two months, news that Wolves had yet to deny or confirm. However, if they injury is as bad as initially feared, Wolves’ hopes for survival will have suffered a major blow. Even know the Irish international hasn’t been in great goalscoring form, with a total of five league goals to his name, his tenacity and effort up front for Wolves will be sorely missed from their front line especially when every game for the relegation candidates is similar to that of a cup final.

Currently sitting in 18th place, albeit on goal difference, the chance to stave off relegation is undeniably there for Wolves. Matt Jarvis has proven a revelation in the Wolves starting XI while the loan signing of Jamie O’Hara from Tottenham Hotspur has improved them in the midfield which has seen their form improve since January with three league wins in the last six games. A positive to take into the run-in is the fact that Wolves have already played all the ‘big’ clubs home and away this season. Yet with Doyle now reportedly set to watch from the stands with eight games remaining, Wolves’ Premier League future may be hanging in the balance.

With Doyle, Mick McCarthy regularly opted for a 4-5-1 with the Irishman spearheading the attack. However, with the potential season ending injury, McCarthy will have to shift his tactics and, potentially, formation as well. With top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher waiting to fill the void up front, the Wolves manager will be forced to pick one or the other, or both if need be, for the remaining games.

Yet, both don’t have the same effect on the game as Doyle. The Irish international will constantly pressure defences for 90 minutes and, even though goals haven’t been his forte this season, has been a persistent thorn in any defences’ side. His input will be sorely missed should he miss the remainder of the season with the above mentioned players having to put in the effort in order to secure Wolves’ future in the Premiership.

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  • dexylongshot

    I agree totally, he is a massive loss to Ireland & Wolves, he is one of the most under-rated forwards in the game, his hold up play and general nuicancesis (© Longshot) is up there with Kevin Davies, defenders hate him and he brings others others into the game very well. I believed Wolves would be ok by the beginning of May but this injury will make it touch and go for McCarthy, it’s so tight down there, Blackburn, Newcastle and Blackpool are being sucked in as well. 6-pointer central every week from now on. Bring it!

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