At this stage of the season, any injury is likely to rule them out for the remainder of the campaign.
So when Wolves confirmed that O’Hara has undergone surgery on the groin injury and Craddock has had an op on his hamstring problem it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear they will miss the rest of the season.
‘Both Jamie and Jody have undergone successful operations,’ said head of Wolves’ medical department Steve Kemp to the Independent.
He continued: ‘it is hoped that surgery should rectify the problem although it means he (O’Hara) will be out for a further six to eight weeks.
‘Jody has also undergone a minor procedure on a persistent hamstring problem and, while it is always difficult to predict, he is hoping to be available again within five weeks if his rehabilitation progresses well.’
They say these things happen in threes, although I’ve never been sure who ‘they’ actually are.
The third unfortunately is Stephen Hunt who will see a specialist regarding his hernia.
He has had the problem sometime and so it is very plausible that he will also miss the end of the season.
The next question of course is will they ever play for Wolves again?
When a campaign ends in relegation from the Premier League, that usually acts as the catalyst for a whole host of changes at a club.
Despite the parachute payments and the infrastructure at Molinuex being arguably better than other teams who have gone down in recent seasons, we are likely to see our better players leave.
And in a season when few have managed to stand out as better quality, that is going to be an issue for us next season.
Two of those players are likely to be Jamie O’Hara and Stephen Hunt, who both have Premier League experience and both are likely to want to continue their careers in the Premier League.
They should easily pick up interest from the bottom half teams in the Premier League and even from those teams who come up from the Championship.
They might be contracted to Molinuex, but its the era of player power and Moxey and Morgan are likely to want to cash in and cut the wages down anyway, so do not expect much of a fight to keep them other than getting a good price.
At 36-years-old, Craddock is unlikely to be snapped up by any other team in the Premier League, but his time may also have come.
Expect changes over the coming months and not many will be for the better.
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