Nuno Espirito Santo has given a positive injury update on Willy Boly, revealing the Wolverhampton Wanderers defender is finally walking by himself and able to run on an anti-gravity treadmill. Boly has been out of action for more than two months after breaking his ankle and underwent surgery which pushed back his expected return date.
The 28-year-old made 16 appearances in all competitions before suffering the ankle injury, the last of which came in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava (October 24). Boly has gone on to miss their remaining Europa League group games – 1-0 win over Bratislava (November 7), 3-3 draw with Braga (November 28), 4-0 win over Besiktas (December 12).
He’s also missed their EFL Cup defeat to Aston Villa (October 30) in addition to Wolves’ last eight Premier League games – 1-1 draw with Newcastle United (October 27), 1-1 draw with Arsenal (November 2), 2-1 win over Aston Villa (November 10), 2-1 win over Bournemouth (November 23), 1-1 draw with Sheffield United (December 1), 2-0 win over West Ham United (December 4), 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion (December 8), 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (December 15).
And while not expected to return until February 2020, Boly is making good progress in his recovery. Nuno told Joe Edwards of the Express and Star: “(Willy Boly is) getting better. He’s consulted with a specialist and can walk by himself. He’s started running on the AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill). Let’s hope he improves as we need everybody inside. But we don’t put a time on it. Let the doctors and the physios do their jobs.”
Nuno was speaking ahead of Wolves’ league meeting with Norwich City. The Midlands outfit travel to Carrow Road to face a relegation-threatened Canaries side without a win in their last four games.