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Conor Coady hails Wolves teammate Willy Boly after long awaited return

Conor Coady has lauded Willy Boly, after the defender returned to action against Manchester United at the weekend.

The star was back in the starting XI for the first time since mid-October, after he suffered a serious ankle injury in training.

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The centre-half slipped in training and broke his fibula, causing him to miss the last 15 Premier League games.

In his absence, Nuno Espirito Santo turned to the likes of Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker, and the club actually managed fairly well without the colossus.

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But Boly’s return against United was a reminder of what a brilliant defender he is, something that isn’t lost on Coady.

He said of his defensive colleague (Express & Star): “He slotted straight back in and is a fantastic footballer.

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“He is a brilliant person too to move forward in the team.

“You saw what he did on Saturday.”

Boly’s returned helped the team pick up a first clean sheet since December against West Ham United, which was the only shut-out they managed in his absence.

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Boly’s return is a massive boost for Wolves given they are about to recommence their Europa League campaign.

Fatigue will soon start to set in, and Boly coming back is good in terms of just having another body in there first and foremost.

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Obviously his return is much more significant than that though – Boly has been superb since arriving at the club from FC Porto in 2017.

The 29-year-old is a fantastic physical presence, as evidenced by the 4.6 aerial duels averaged per 90 so far this season (WhoScored), and is brilliant at snuffing out danger, highlighted by his very impressive 6.2 clearances per 90.

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