Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly appears to be close to a return to action, after he was pictured back in training yesterday.

The Ivory Coast international has missed the last five games in all competitions due to a hamstring issue.

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Mercifully, in the time Boly has been sidelined, Wolves have actually performed very well results-wise.

The club have taken eight points from the last 12 available, although the defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup is still a touchy subject for many fans.

The images of Boly were just of him on his own, suggesting he has not yet participated in a session with the rest of his teammates.

Whether he can be involved in tonight’s game with Manchester City will remain to be seen, but Nuno Espirito Santo has history for getting players back into his starting XI without really giving much away.

If he can play tonight then that would be massive for Wolves, with league leaders City obviously in frightening form at the moment.

Boly return huge as always for Wolves

It seems Boly is not far away from coming back, and that is a major positive.

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The club may have kept two clean sheets in the five games he’s been absent for so far, but the backline is much stronger with him in there.

Leander Dendoncker is filling in at the moment but arguably he is more effective in midfield.

£10 million signing Boly (BBC Sport) being restored to the defence can therefore have even more benefit in the sense of moving the Belgian further up.

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