Doyle ruled out of Wolves’ relegation battle with injury

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Wolves need all of their best players fit if they are to secure their Premier League survival this season, so the loss of leading striker Kevin Doyle for the remainder of the campaign to injury makes 5/4 a decent price that they will be relegated.

Doyle has lead the line on his own for much of the season at Wolves and has rewarded manager Mick McCarthy with eight goals in all competitions.

However, Wolves will have to rely on either Steven Fletcher or Sylvain Ebanks-Blake for the final eight games after Doyle damaged a medial knee ligament representing the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia.

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni feels that the injury will sideline Doyle for two months, which means he is struggling to even make Wolves’ final game of the season at home to Blackburn on May 22nd.

Wolves are currently third bottom in the Premier League table, but a run of four games without defeat makes them one of the form teams among those battling against the drop.

Thus, the loss of Doyle could be even more significant as McCarthy would have liked to avoid changing a team getting results.

Only three points separate the bottom eight teams in the standings, meaning that two straight victories could give any club some decent breathing space from the drop.

Fletcher and Ebanks-Blake will be keen to nail down a first-team start in Doyle’s absence and will be pushing McCarthy to play them in Wolves’ next Premier League game away at Newcastle.

Wolves are 5/2 in the Premier League betting to beat Newcastle, although all three meetings between the pair in the Premier League era have ended 1-1.

A £20 stake on Wolves’ trip to Newcastle ending 1-1 again would return £110. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.

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Craig Kemp

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