Wolverhampton Wanderers go into the game against Preston North End at the weekend knowing that their opposition will have a weakened attack.
The Lancashire club look set to be without Sean Maguire after he limped out of his side’s draw with Fulham at the weekend with a hamstring injury.
That exclusion would remove a key threat, Maguire scored and created in assist in the thirty minutes he was on the pitch.
His manager Alex Neil admitted that he is a big blow if he is missing.
He stated: “Sean is going to be a doubt, anything to do with a hamstring is going to be a concern.
“I thought it was a major blow for us at Fulham when he was injured.
“If you look at the game, he created the first goal and then scored the second.
“I’m convinced that if Sean had stayed on the pitch we would have won the game.”
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has dismissed rumours that Benik Afobe may be allowed to leave the club in January by insisting that the striker remains part of his plans.
Afobe has been linked with both West Brom and Wolverhampton Wanderers since the closure of the transfer window and hasn’t started a Premier League game since August.
Howe signed Jermain Defoe up in the summer and already has Josh King and the returning Callum Wilson as his options.
Despite the existing competition, Howe has moved to assure Afobe that he will be involved.
“Of course,” Howe said , in response to where Afobe remained part of his plans. “I don’t know how many appearances Benik has this season but he has been involved in most games.
“He is a huge part of our plans.
“You always want your players to show the attitude that they want to achieve and I’ve got no problem with any player saying they want to play in any game.
“I would like to think every player is enjoying their time here.”
Albion are likely to continue their search for another striker in January, and Troy Deeney has been linked once again.
Wolves, meanwhile, are keen on adding competition to sole forward Leo Bonatini as they continue their assault on the Championship.
Source : BirminghamMail