Wolves keeper breaks hand after punching tactics board | inside World Soccer

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his hand punching a tactics board in anger over his blunder at the weekend.

Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme looks dejected after conceding a bizarre own goal to Bristol City
Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme looks dejected after conceding a bizarre own goal to Bristol City

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An Ikeme howler had given visitors Bristol City a 1-0 half-time lead on Saturday, allowing a David Davis backpass to squeeze between his legs and into the net.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper failed to appear for the second half of his side's eventual 2-1 victory at the Molineux.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders initially claimed that Ikeme had hurt his hand on the pitch, but finally admitted the truth on Tuesday.

"I've spoken to him and he can barely talk to be honest. He's that disappointed," Saunders told the club's website.

"Carl is more critical of himself than anybody. It is his first season that he's been the number one keeper and now he has lost that.

"He was frustrated at making his mistake and punched the tactics board, which is only cardboard, but there is a metal bar at the back of it.

"He has not meant to break his hand. Kevin Doyle kicked the corner flag after scoring his goal and could have ended up breaking his foot.

"Every single one of us has punched something or pushed something out of frustration but you don't expect to cause yourself injury."

With Wayne Hennessey already sidelined with a knee injury, Wolves are now set to recall Aaron McCarey from his loan spell at Walsall.

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