By Ben Dinnery

8th Sep, 2022 | 11:54am

Wolves news: Medical insider rubbishes Sasa Kalajdzic 'narrative' as ACL confirmed

There is nothing more Wolves could have done to prevent new signing Sasa Kalajdzic’s anterior cruciate ligament injury.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Kalajdzic, 25, signed for Wolves from VfB Stuttgart in a £15.5million move last Wednesday (31 August).

The Austrian centre-forward was forced off at half-time on his debut, the 1-0 win over Southampton last Saturday (3 September).

Wolves revealed the following day that scans had confirmed that Kalajdzic has torn his ACL.

Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 33, has since been granted a work permit to sign for the Molineux club on a free transfer.

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Dinnery rubbished claims that Kalajdzic was not given enough time to physically get up to speed before he made his Wolves debut.

“Unfortunately, this is a time-crunched environment that we’re in,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Very rarely are players afforded the amount of time that they ideally need. It’s the same with players returning from injury as it is for them arriving at the club.

“If they spoke to the player when he arrived, would he have wanted to be involved? Absolutely, 100 per cent. He’ll have wanted to make his mark.

“We’ve heard the narrative but football is a contact sport and injuries happen, whether on your debut or further down the line. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to accept it’s part and parcel of the game.

“Nowadays, the schedule is so packed that it’s difficult to find time to acclimatise and adapt to the Premier League.

“Raul Jimenez is apparently struggling with chronic fatigue and Fabio Silva is out on loan. They have only scored three goals this season and their xG is basically non-existent.

“They have ground out results but their stability at the back has been at the expense of the attack. Kalajdzic was meant to be the guy who would come in and get those goals.

“His progress will have been monitored in pre-season. It’s just really unfortunate, and he will likely now be out for the rest of the season.”

In other news, ex-Premier League referee “shudders” as controversial Pedro Neto footage emerges from Wolves.