Wolves: Bakary Sako could make return for relegation battlers

Bakary Sako

Wolves winger Bakary Sako is in line to return this weekend from the hamstring injury that initially appeared to have ruled him out for the season.

The ex-France Under-21 international has missed six games since limping off in the crucial 2-1 win over relegation rivals Bristol City on 16 March.

But, although Wolves have won four times without him, boss Dean Saunders says he can make all the difference.

He told BBC WM: "If he has an impact in the next two games it might be enough."

Sako's 10 goals have been one of the few big plus points in what has been a frustrating season at Molineux - ranking him second only to 15-goal top-scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is out until next term after breaking his leg against Birmingham City at St Andrew's on Easter Monday.

And Saunders will give 24-year-old Sako a fitness test on Saturday morning to ascertain whether he is fit for the home game against Burnley (27 April, 15:00 BST).

"He's trained a bit today [Thursday]," added Saunders. "We'll assess him after he's trained with the group properly tomorrow.

"We'll make the decision on Saturday morning and give him as much time as we can.

"Him and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake have scored all the goals for us this season, so it's a boost for everyone to see him back on the training ground."

Apart from Sako, injury-plagued Wolves also lost midfielder David Edwards (broken foot) and keeper Carl Ikeme (broken hand) in that win over Bristol City last month.

Since then, having already been without first-choice keeper Wayne Hennessey for the rest of the season, they have also seen Ebanks-Blake and midfielder Dave Davis. suffer injury.

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