Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly is set to miss the start of the 2021/22 season, according to the Express & Star.
The Ivory Coast international was forced from the action in the opening stages in the pre-season friendly against Real Betis on July 24.
The 30-year-old has a hamstring issue.
It is the news Wolves fans have been dreading.
Boly is, in many fans’ eyes, Wolves’ best central defender.
Wolves are already short in terms of defensive options.
The last thing new manager Bruno Lage needed was to lose his top centre-back option.
Yerson Mosquera was signed, but the plan is to let him settle before giving him minutes in the Premier League.
The Colombian is actually also out with a hamstring injury so will be unavailable for selection anyway.
It leaves, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman as the available options for Lage.
Wolves must now spring into action
It is a huge blow to lose £10 million star Boly (BBC Sport) for the start of the campaign.
The news has surely now got to prompt Fosun into action.
Another centre-back signing was needed anyway, but now it is paramount.
Wolves’ first game of the season is against Leicester City on August 14 – to head into that clash with a backline of Coady, Saiss and/or Kilman would be a big concern.