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Wolves top scorer Kevin Doyle could miss rest of season

Kevin Doyle
Doyle joined Wolves from Reading in the summer of 2009

Wolves have been dealt a blow to their hopes of Premier League survival with the news that top scorer Kevin Doyle could miss the rest of the season.

Doyle, scorer of eight goals for Wolves this season with five in the league, was injured playing for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

The club confirmed that Doyle, 27, would be out for between four and eight weeks after tearing a knee ligament.

Wolves lie 18th in the table with eight games of the season remaining.

Mick McCarthy's team have 32 points and only three points separate the bottom seven sides.

Wolves' final league game is at home to fellow strugglers Blackburn on 22 May but Doyle now faces a race against time if he is to return before the end of the campaign.

Unlike England and Scotland, the Republic of Ireland don't offer insurance or compensation for players who get injured

Jez Moxey
Wolves chief executive

Steve Kemp, head of Wolves medical department, said on the club's website: "The scan has confirmed that Kevin has torn his medial collateral ligament. We will be working with Kevin to get him back as quickly as the injury allows but the likely time-span is anywhere between four and eight weeks."

Doyle limped out of the Republic of Ireland's 2-1 victory over Macedonia in Dublin after 15 minutes.

But Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni said that he was confident Doyle would be fit for his team's match in Macedonia on 4 June.

"I hope by May or June he can come back and we can have him for the match in Macedonia," added Trapattoni.

Wolves will be more concerned with getting Doyle fit to play a role in the climax of the Premier League season as they battle to secure their top-flight status.

Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey revealed the club will not receive any compensation for Doyle's injury.

"We get diddly squat," he said. "Unlike England and Scotland, the Republic of Ireland don't offer insurance or compensation for players who get injured.

"Fifa's guidelines do not require them to do so. The clubs have to take out insurance to protect their players if they want to.

"Kevin has gone away, done his best for his country, and was playing well, setting up the first goal, got injured and we will continue to pay his wages and get no compensation at all for him."

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see also
Wolves make Doyle record signing
30 Jun 09 |  Wolves
Duff relief after Dublin victory
26 Mar 11 |  Football
Rep of Ireland 2-1 Macedonia
26 Mar 11 |  Football

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