Medical Insider issues verdict on 'serious' Jose Sa injury after Wolves reveal
Jose Sa’s wrist injury at Wolves sounds a lot more “serious” than it is.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
As quoted by the Athletic last month (18 October), Steve Davis confirmed Sa has been playing with a fractured wrist since the 0-0 draw with Fulham in August.
The 29-year-old has started all 14 of Wolves’ Premier League games this term and has kept four clean sheets.
“I think this occurred at the beginning of the season,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“He only just returned after injuring himself on the final day of last season, he rejoined the group at the back end of pre-season and came in and suffered that setback.
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“It is a hairline fracture so it’s non-displaced. Inherently in terms of being able to play, it’s obviously not impacting too much.
“There’s always going to be an element of pain management there. The important thing to remember is you have that duty of care. It’s not just about short-term management but how will this impact in the long-term?
“The decision and risk-reward of involving him is obviously a discussion that the backroom staff have had.
“There will be tenderness but it won’t be affecting that range of movement in his wrist. It sounds probably a lot more serious than it maybe is.
“The focus in this World Cup break will be for Jose Sa to look to get that sorted. It will respond well to rest and conservative treatment.
“Coming into the second half of the campaign, the hope will be he’ll be absolutely fine.
“If you were to ask the majority of players at this stage of the season how they feel about their fitness, I’d suggest the majority are carrying some sort of ailment to some extent.”