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Bruno Lage says Willy Boly didn't turn up for Wolves today

Bruno Lage has said that defender Willy Boly had been named in the Wolves squad today, but did not turn up.

The 31-year-old’s name was once again missing from the teamsheet an hour before kick-off against Newcastle United.

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The Ivory Coast international missed the game against Preston North End on Tuesday due to an apparent injury.

Lage said after that game that he had felt some pain in the morning.

Today however, Lage has said after the 1-1 draw at Molineux that he did name Boly in his squad today. But the player, incredibly, just didn’t show up.

He said (quoted by Birmingham Mail): “He was in the squad list and he didn’t come. Have a good relationship with him. He has a proposal in his hands and he wants to go, that’s my feeling when I’m talking with him.

“I said to him, ‘Look, I understand, but you need to understand I need to put you in the squad because I need a top player like you on the bench. After that, Boly made his own decision.”

Of course at the moment, Boly is being linked with an exit from Molineux.

Nottingham Forest recently saw a bid rejected for the defender.

It would appear that the former FC Porto man is now determined to leave the club before Thursday night’s deadline.

It puts Wolves in an awkward position, because it is never good to keep players who clearly do not want to stay.

The club will now need to identify a replacement and conclude a deal for that individual as soon as possible.

Hugely disappointing from Willy Boly, as Lage says defender didn’t turn up against Newcastle

There are ways to leave a football club and this is not it from Boly.

It is understandable that he might want to go, with Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman now the first-choice centre-backs.

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But to not turn up in order to force a move is embarrassing behaviour.

It is something that will put a stain on his time at Wolves, if Lage’s claim is true.

Should Wolves fail to agree a good deal for the club with Forest or another club in the coming days, then Lage should stamp his authority and send Boly to train with the U21s.

Even if the club don’t shift him, officials still need to bring someone else in to replace him.