Doyle To Miss “Most Exciting Part Of The Season.”
If any EPL manager had cause to bemoan last week’s international break, it would be Wolves supremo Mick McCarthy, who has almost certainly lost influential striker Kevin Doyle for the rest of the season.
Doyle tore a medial knee ligament early in Ireland’s 2-1 Euro 2012 qualifier victory over Macedonia last Saturday and looks set to be out for between four and eight weeks, the worst-case scenario taking Doyle’s period on the sidelines beyond the end of the EPL season.
Doyle said: “It’s the timing that’s most disappointing. It’s the most exciting part of the season for me. We’re starting to play really well and looking to get out of the bottom three. It’s really frustrating that I’m going to miss out.”
However, he believes potential replacements Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher possess the quality to see Wolves safe. He added: “I have no doubt about the quality of Sylvan and Fletch. That’s the beauty of having a strong squad and plenty in reserve.”
Doyle’s injury followed the announcement that defender Roland Zubar will be out for the season after “corrective” surgery on a recent back injury. McCarthy commented: “Ronald’s been an important player for us and it’s a blow.”
There was better news, however, of midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who played 90 minutes of, and scored in, a reserve team fixture this week.
Wolves visit Newcastle United in the EPL this Saturday, looking to continue the good form which saw them win at midlands rivals Aston Villa last time out.
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