Wolverhampton Wanderers have received a huge injury blow, with Willy Boly have suffered a suspected ankle fracture in training (BBC Sport).
The Ivory Coast international was forced to miss Sunday’s clash with Newcastle United as a result, and is set to undergo further scans.
There is a chance the defender may have to have surgery, according to chief medic Paul Hayward.
Wolves will hope that won’t be the case, with the 28-year-old a key player for Nuno Espirito Santo.
The 6ft 4in colossus joined the club in 2017 initially on loan from FC Porto before signing permanently for around £10 million (BBC Sport), and has been a brilliant player for the Black Country club in their journey to a European competition.
Espirito Santo will now have to figure out how best to replace Boly, and one man will be hoping it can finally be his chance to shine.
TBR’s view – A chance for Vallejo?
Espirito Santo elected to use Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss at the back against Newcastle, along with captain Conor Coady.
But perhaps going forwards young Jesus Vallejo can feature more.
The 22-year-old, on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, has been limited to just six appearances so far this season, but his game time should pick up from here with Boly set for a spell on the sidelines.
Saiss and Dendoncker are much more in favour with the manager right now, but fixtures will soon come thick and fast and Vallejo will get more chances.
The talented Spaniard has actually struggled a fair bit in English football so far, but it’s still early days and he can potentially announce himself to the Molineux faithful in the coming weeks if he can get some momentum going.