Bruno Lage has said that Wolves captain Conor Coady is still playing with a problem in his ankle.
The 28-year-old made his 300th appearance for the club on Saturday in the FA Cup game against Norwich City.
Unfortunately for the England international, there was to be no victory to mark the occasion.
Wolves put in a disappointing performance at Molineux, and Kenny McLean’s header saw the Canaries advance to the fifth round with a 1-0 win.
Wolves won all their games in January.
The team were in great form, and it may have been that the winter break came at the wrong time.
Hopefully there can be a strong response when Wolves face Arsenal on Thursday.
And hopefully Coady will be OK to play, because Lage said after the defeat to Norwich that the player is still managing an issue with his ankle.
He said (Wolves official): “Minutes before the game I said to the players that we need to play and give a good day for Conor because he deserves it. Every time he is there for us.
“He’s training and playing with the problem in his ankle, so we needed to do it (for him).”
This follows Lage saying back in December that Coady had been carrying a knock. At the time, he had said that it was something that could be managed and he would still be able to play.
Nothing less expected from Conor Coady, but Wolves need to be careful
It is concerning to hear that Coady still has an issue with his ankle. Hopefully there is no risk of aggravation.
It is hardly a surprise to hear that the star is happy to deal with some discomfort in order to still play.
Coady hardly ever misses games, and is someone who will always give everything for the badge.
He has been playing so well this season. It is little wonder Lage is reluctant to take him out of the team to get some rest or treatment.
His role is obviously very specific. There is potential for Wolves to lose their defensive solidity if he had to spend some time on the sidelines.
Hopefully Coady can continue to perform at a high level, and this ankle problem doesn’t develop into something more severe.