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Bruno Lage says he wants to get Willy Bolly 100 per cent fit

Bruno Lage has started central defender Willy Boly just once since taking over as Wolves manager in the summer.

That came in the EFL Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham in September, when Wolves were eliminated on penalties.

Injuries have restricted Boly’s involvement beyond that but as per the Express and Star, the Wolves boss says he has not forgotten about what the defender can do.

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“He’s an experienced player in the dressing room with us, so this is the kind of thing we need,” Lage said.

“We need to balance this team. Balance the experienced players with youth hungry to conquer things and also with the kids from our academy.

“These are the three things I want in our dressing room.

“I haven’t forgot Boly because I know what he can do and what he did for the club, but I want Boly 100 per cent with the rhythm to play 90 minutes.

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Boly has been one of Wolves’ best defenders in recent seasons – if not the best – so it is impressive that Lage has improved the club’s defensive without him.

It would be a huge boost if he could get back fit on a regular basis, but the form of Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss has been exceptional this term.

It remains to be seen if Wolves go big on a new central defender in the summer, or reason that Boly would be ‘like a new signing’ if he gets himself fit having hardly been involved this season.