Wolverhampton Wanderers will be without Willy Boly for the next few weeks at least, in what is undoubtedly a blow for Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Ivorian central defender has picked up a hamstring injury, and he was forced to miss the weekend game with Leicester City.
Wolves reporter for The Athletic Tim Spiers has reported that the 30-year-old is facing around a month on the sidelines.
That is a slightly worrying thought given Wolves’ defensive struggles this term.
But as Boly begins his recovery period, there is one man who is quietly improving by the week.
Max Kilman is steadily becoming a key player for Nuno.
The 23-year-old broke through properly with the first-team earlier this season, and has shown some great form in 2020/21.
Kilman has now started the last five games in all competitions, suggesting the manager is much more trusting of the ace.
Boly’s absence has the potential to sting, but it won’t if Kilman keeps up his recent level – the Arsenal game in which he played left-back aside, of course.
Kilman to step up in Boly absence
£10 million star Boly (BBC Sport) is seen by most as the rock in Wolves’ backline; the colossus who gets up and wins everything.
Kilman has the potential to take over Boly’s mantle while he’s sidelined.
The 6ft 4in star can obviously dominate aerially as Boly tends to, and is also decent on the ball and able to play out from the back.
Boly’s injury is a blow, but the form of Kilman definitely eases it.