Wanderers Battle To The Final Day
Wolves supremo Mick McCarthy this week predicted that the EPL’s well-populated relegation battle will go to the “very end” of the season.
However, his side’s recent alarming slump in form suggests that McCarthy was being optimistic that Wolves would still have survival hopes come May 22nd.
The Wanderers have conceded seven goals in EPL defeats at Newcastle and at home to Everton, leaving them second-from-bottom in the table, a point from safety.
And there was bad news on the injury front as Irish dup Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt received fitness setbacks over the last seven days.
After Wolves’ 3-0 home defeat to improving Everton, McCarthy said: “We’ve still got a chance to get out of the bottom three. It will go to the very end. And maybe we’ll just pop out then and surprise everybody.”
Wolves are without a game this weekend, as scheduled opponents Stoke City are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. McCarthy added: “I’d much prefer to be playing Stoke next Saturday, but there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Striker Doyle’s knee injury looks likely to keep him out until the last weeks of the season at best. He said: “I’m still aiming to come back before the end of the season but it’s going to be close.”
Midfielder Hunt requires a hernia operation which could leave him sidelined for the rest of April. McCarthy commented: “Hernias are sometimes two-to-three weeks now but if he recovers he’ll be available for the last few games.”
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