Date: 18th November 2014 at 12:47pm
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Nouha Dicko has returned to Molineux after suffering a hamstring problem while away with Mali in their African Cup of Nations qualifying attempts. This is an ongoing problem for the striker who will miss Saturday’s home game with Nottingham Forest and is in danger of being sidelined for a while.

The hope is that new loan signing Danny Graham will be sufficiently match fit to take his place in the starting line up, else Wolves will again be turning to Leon Clarke, or maybe Liam McAlinden to step in.

News that Razak Boukari is close to returning to full training has come as a welcome surprise. He made just a handful of appearances for the club after signing in the summer of 2012 and apart from a few appearances for Sochaux on loan last season he has not been fit to play since. Who knows how much the guy has to offer, although he did come with a good reputation. But it will be taking him some time to get match fit even if his injury problems are behind him.

The African Cup of Nations is a competition that Wolves fans have been keeping one eye on with Sako and Dicko potentially missing 5 weeks of Wolves season at the end of January. Mali’s defest to Malawi has put their qualification on a knife edge and that will be decided on Wednesday evening. Mali need to match whatever Malawi do on the final day to qualify. Mali play their last game at home to Algeria who have won every match so far in the group. Malawi are away to the weakest team in the group, Ethiopia. The fate of Mali may well depend on whether Algeria approach the game fully motivated, with their qualification already assured. Even if Mali do qualify their qualification suggests they will not be one of the main contenders in the finals tournament so the Wolves pair may well miss only 2 or 3 weeks if they fail to make it through to the final stages of the tournament.