Nuno Espirito Santo says he’s “so happy” seeing Willy Boly making positive progress with his rehabilitation. The 28-year-old has been out of action since October after fracturing his fibula, causing him to miss Wolves’ last 16 games in all competitions, but he’s on the recovery trail.
Boly has made 16 appearances across the board the season, the last of which came in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava (October 24). He’s slowly nearing a return, however, after Nuno revealed in Friday’s pre-match press conference that the central defender is finally running on the pitch.
He said: “He’s running already on the pitch and I’m so happy. Naturally, he’ll improve – it’s a good sign.” Boly’s return date is unknown as Wolves are unlikely to rush him back, but they have enough players to cope with his ongoing absence.
Nuno has Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Max Kilman and Leander Dendoncker at his disposal, so the Midlands outfit aren’t short of options. It’s worth noting, however, that four of Wolves’ five losses in the Premier League have been without Boly.
The Frenchman was sent off in Wolves’ 3-2 defeat to Everton (September 1, 2019) but missed their 5-2 defeat to Chelsea (September 14), 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (December 15), 1-0 defeat to Liverpool (December 29) and 2-1 defeat to Watford (January 1, 2010).
He’ll be absent as Wolves face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.