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Wolves suffer big blow with Boly’s ‘serious injury’

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Wolves stop-start season across all competitions took a major blow ahead of Sunday morning’s kickoff at Newcastle United (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Outstanding center back Willy Boly suffered a “serious” leg injury in training on Saturday and will be out for some time.

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“Initial tests show a fracture to his fibula, and he will undergo further imaging over the coming days to determine whether surgery is required or not,” said Wolves head of medical Phil Hayward.

A monster at the heart of the defense, the 28-year-old Boly leads the team in tackles and aerials won.

At 28, started every match but one for the Wolves this season between Europa League and the Premier League.

Wolves came back from Slovakia late Thursday and now meet the mercurial Magpies at 10 a.m. ET.

Southampton surprises Wolves, strengthens safety bid (video)

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  • Redmond bags brace
  • Sims, Ings lively in win
  • Boly, Long also score

Southampton moved eight points clear of the drop zone with five to play following a 3-1 win over Wolves at St. Mary’s on Saturday, all-but-completing Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s saintly resurgence.

Nathan Redmond scored twice and Shane Long added a goal in the win, while Willy Boly scored Wolves’ only marker.

The loss hurt Wolves’ seventh-place chances, though Leicester City and Everton also lost this weekend.

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Saints were in a hurry to pad their bid for Premier League safety, and Josh Sims took advantage in his first Premier League start of the season. The 22-year-old’s cross was put home by Redmond for a second minute lead.

Sims was lively missing out on a chance to set up Ings before later misfiring after Ings set him up for a shot of his own.

Boly answered in the 28th with a monstrous leap to meet a Joao Moutinho corner kick, but Saints would not be bowed by the equalizer.

Two minutes later, it was Redmond again who cooly beat the keeper after some neat interplay between — you guessed it — Sims and Ings.

Saints put it to bed off substitute Long, who knifed a Maya Yoshida pass past Patricio with the outside of his boot.

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