By Harvey Byrne

Sam Ricketts was forced to retire from football on Wednesday with a knee injury – and Wolves supporters have paid tribute to their former player on Twitter.

The 35-year-old left Wolves for Coventry in the summer of 2015, but the Sky Blues captain’s career has ended early following an injury.

His last appearance came on October 15, with Coventry losing 3-0 against Charlton, and the club paid tribute to their former leader with an article on the club website and making him their featured photo on Twitter.

He featured for Wolves for two years, playing in 51 fixtures, and is still fondly remembered by fans on social media.

Here is a selection of messages from supporters:

Ricketts played for six teams over the duration of his career with Wolves, Coventry, Hull, Bolton, Swansea and Swindon.

He racked up 450 appearances during his career, while also earning 52 caps for Wales and he will be remembered fondly by his past club’s supporters as well as his national team’s.

Now turning their attentions to the league, Wolves will face Preston in new manager Paul Lambert’s first match in charge.

The Midlands side are currently sat in the lower reaches of the Championship in 19th place following pre-season optimism after a takeover from Chinese investors Fosun.

In other Wolves news, Steve Bull gave his verdict on Lambert.