Wolves striker Nouha Dicko will not return from injury until next season, reports the Express and Star.
Dicko has been sidelined since August, after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Charlton.
The estimated recovery time for the injury is nine months, which had raised hopes amongst some Wolves fans that Dicko would return this season.
However, Wolves head of medical Phil Hayward, has confirmed that the 23 year old will not return until next season.
He said that although Dicko’s recovery was coming along well, he is still targeting the 2016/17 season as a realistic return date.
“There’s no prospect for this season. “It’ll be the start of pre-season we’re aiming for, it’ll be too soon to be back before the end of the season.
“He’s doing great, really well. He’s not quite running yet, he’ll probably be running on the anti-gravity treadmill in a week’s time.
“His strength’s improved really well, his range of movement is very good. He had a consultation with the surgeon at the end of December and he’s really happy with his progress.
“With ACLs, the sooner you get them back the more chance of it going again. And the longer you leave it, the stronger it is.”
“For Nouha, it’s important he gets back and stays back and makes sure that knee is in as good a condition as it can be by the time the season comes around. He’s positive and hard-working.”
Better news for Wolves however, is that defender Kortney Hause will return to first team training imminently after recovering from a hamstring injury.
He is likely to return to first team contention next month.
Hayward, speaking about Hause, said: “He’s progressing nicely. He was back in training at one point for a day or so (last year) and, unfortunately, broke down again.”
The news on Hause will be a positive for Wolves as they look to continue their good form and chase a Championship play off place.
However, much of those hopes remain pinned on whether they can sign a striker to replace Benik Afobe, who has left this window to join Bournemouth.