Punters considering betting on Wolverhampton Wanderers to avoid being relegated from the Premier League may be forced into a re-think after Kevin Doyle was potentially ruled out for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old, who is the top scorer for Mick McCarthy’s men this term with eight goals, suffered a knee injury in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 win over Macedonia on Saturday.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed that Doyle could be looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines after limping off after just 15 minutes of the Euro 2012 qualifier in Dublin.
“It’s his medial knee ligament. I think he may be out for one or two months, so it’s a very serious injury,” said the Italian.
“I hope by May or June he can come back and we can have him for the match in Macedonia.”
The men from Molineux currently find themselves 18th in the table, despite a recent upturn in form which has seen them take 11 points from their past six games.
And with the bottom eight teams separated by just three points, Doyle’s absence could encourage a flurry of bets on Wolves to go down at 41/20 with bwin.com.
However, of more immediate concern to McCarthy will be the impact of losing his key striker ahead of Saturday’s huge relegation clash against Newcastle at St James’ Park.
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Newcastle’s odds of recording a much-needed home win – and therefore pulling away from the danger zone – currently stand at 19/20.
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