Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage may be forced to recall Dion Sanderson after Boly injury blow

Dion Sanderson has impressed so far during his short stint at St Andrew’s.

Wolverhampton Wanderers may be forced to recall Dion Sanderson from Birmingham City in January after it was revealed that centre-back Willy Boly suffered yet another injury set-back during the most recent international break.

Sanderson has been impressive during his short stint with the Blues and would be a huge loss for Lee Bowyer and his side, however, due to Wolves’ lack of depth in defence, Bruno Lage could be left with no choice but to bring the 21-year-old back to Molineux.

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Dion Sanderson of Birmingham City is shown a yellow card by Match Referee, Leigh Doughty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Birmingham City

Boly is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football so far this season and with no time-frame on his most recent issue, Wolves are once again back down to the bare bones at the back.

“Bad news for us,” Lage said when discussing the Ivorian’s new injury.

“He’s got a little problem. Sometimes when he goes away with his national team, he comes back with some problems.

“Last international break he was sick and now he comes back with a muscular problem.

“It’s not good for him and it’s not good for us because since the first day for us, we don’t have the best Boly.

“We need him. We just have three centre-backs. Yerson [Mosquera] is out as you know and we need the best Boly with us but since the beginning of the season, we don’t have him.

“So, here we go again. Let’s give him time to recover and when he comes back, he comes back 100% because we need players and we need players like Boly.”

Richard Mbulu of Malawi and Willy Boly of Cote d'Ivoire during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, Qualifier match between Malawi and Cote d'Ivoire at Orlando Stadium on October 08, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa

But at this point it’s not even a case of ‘needing players like Boly’ - Wolves simply need players.

Lage said it himself, the team currently deploy a five at the back formation which requires three centre-backs and now there are only three first team centre-backs fit and available for selection. They are one knock away from throwing square pegs in round holes.

A recall for Sanderson in January, who is currently on loan down the road at St Andrew’s would seem logical and Lage admits that it is something they are considering.

“We are thinking of everything,” he added.

“Like I’ve said before, we have people [monitoring the loan players] and also us because we follow the players on loan so if we need them, for sure.

“In January we will take our decisions and the decisions will have to be a mix of what is the best for the player and best for us.

“Because they [the players on loan] are happy, I’ve spoken with them, they are happy in the moment because they are playing.

“But also we need to understand what is the best for the club so our decision will be not only what is best for the player but the best for the club.”

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