Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that Willy Boly is “progressing well” with his rehabilitation but isn’t close to returning to first-team training.
The 28-year-old has been out of action since mid-October after fracturing his fibula, causing him to miss Wolves’ last 17 games in all competitions, but he’s back running on the pitch and is nearing a recovery.
Nuno said: “He’s progressing well, he’s improving, but we still have the respect the dates and timings of his progression. It’s good to have him back on the grass and running. He’s not integrating 100 percent into the team, but hopefully sooner rather than later.”
Boly has made 16 appearances across the board, the last of which came in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava (October 24). In his absence, Nuno has called upon Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss to start alongside Conor Coardy in defender.
Ryan Bennett and Max Kilman have provided cover on the bench too, racking up 13 Premier League appearances (786 minutes) between them. With Boly now able to run, it should be weeks rather than months before supporters see him back out on the pitch.
Wolves will continue without the Frenchman against Newcastle on Saturday and have the opportunity to end the weekend fifth in the table if results go their way. They’ve picked up two wins from their last three league games and have lost just once at Molineux since September.