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Bruno Lage explains why Willy Boly was absent from Wolves squad against Preston

Wolves advanced to the third round of the Carabao Cup last night with a 2-1 win over Preston – and some people noticed there was no Willy Boly in the squad.

The Ivory Coast international would perhaps have been in contention to start at Molineux.

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He has not featured in any of Wolves’ Premier League games so far.

As the team news came through last night at 6.45pm, it was something of a surprise to see both Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman retain their places in the starting XI.

It was even more surprising that Boly was not even in the squad.

Of course at the moment, Boly is being linked with a move to Nottingham Forest.

The newly promoted club have reportedly seen a £1 million bid rejected.

Some had suggested that £10 million signing Boly was perhaps on the verge of leaving Molineux.

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But after the game, Lage revealed that the 31-year-old had felt pain yesterday morning.

Confirming there has been a proposal for him, he said (via Birmingham Mail): “The only thing I can say is that Boly with me, top behaviour, good professional, he respects my opinions, but in the morning he didn’t feel that he could play.

“He had some pains so he stayed out of the squad. That is the only thing I can say for now, let’s see what happens until the end of the market. I know there’s a proposal for him.”

Wolves need to sign another centre-back as Lage shares why Willy Boly was absent last night

It is not clear at the moment if Boly will be missing for a period of time.

But the fact he’s had to miss last night’s game after feeling pain is a concern.

Boly’s injury record over the past couple of years has been worrying. As good a player as he is when he’s fully fit, he sadly cannot be relied upon.

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Wolves therefore need to be looking at potential centre-back signings.

If Wolves don’t get someone else in and Boly struggles to stay fit again, then that’s not a good situation, with Toti Gomes and Yerson Mosquera the only other centre-halves in reserve.

Both are excellent prospects, but lack experience.