W est Bromwich Albion have been dealt another injury blow with the news that Diomansy Kamara has broken a bone in his right foot.
It is the second setback that Bryan Robson, the Albion manager, has received in as many days after the news that Stuart Nicholson would be ruled out for three weeks with a sprained ankle. With Kamara sidelined for up to three months, Robson has been left with a major dilemma.
"It's a blow. You certainly don't want to be getting injuries in pre-season," said a dejected Robson whose attacking options have already been severely limited with neither Kevin Campbell nor Kanu reporting back for pre-season training.
There is a possibility that Campbell could return to The Hawthorns but Kanu has been virtually written off and Robson will have to dig into his transfer budget.
Robson is aware that his side has been installed as one of the promotion favourites and the need for an impressive start is paramount. Whether Robson has the funds at his disposal to add to his coterie of strikers is open to conjecture.
He has Premiership vultures circling over the likes of Tomasz Kuszczak, Curtis Davies, Paul Robinson and Zoltan Gera.
He could quite conceivably raise sufficient funds to boost his forward line by selling on any one of the aforementioned quartet. Robson, however, wants to keep all of his remaining squad and add to them, so he may well be twisting chairman Jeremy Peace's arm to open his transfer war-chest even wider in order to reach the Premier-ship.
Stuart Gray says Wolverhampton Wanderers' confused managerial position will not deter potential signings from moving to Molineux.
Wolves are in need of new blood after this week's departures of Ki-Hyeon Seol to Reading and Mark Kennedy to Crystal Palace took to 11 the players to leave Molineux after last season.
On top of that, Gabor Gyepes seems sure to miss the entire season after his knee operation and, with Wolves into a third week of pre-season training and two of their friendly matches before the August 5 kick-off, that increases the pressure on chief executive Jez Moxey and his board to make an appointment. But caretaker manager Gray, considered favourite to take over from Glenn Hoddle, thinks that Wolves' overall status in the game still outweighs their managerless state.
Gray said: "I know behind the scenes Jez is working hard to bring players in. I think knowing who the manager is would affect certain players but, more often than not, players see Wolves as a big club with a great reputation. A lot will have played here, know what the stadium is like and know how passionate the fans are and, if a player is wanted by Wolver-hampton Wanderers, their decision should not be affected by who the manager is.
"Players are paid to play and have all got ambitions to play for big clubs and it shouldn't matter whether there's a manager or not."
Wolves have their first visit to Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium on Saturday before matches at Tranmere Rovers (Tuesday), Swansea (July 22) and Crewe (July 26). The main showpiece friendly is Steve Bull's testimonial against Aston Villa on July 29. Gray said: "There's no panic at the moment but we're carrying a squad with only about 12 or 13 senior pros when we had 12 more this time last season.
"Our 0-0 draw at Telford on Tuesday night showed we do need to bring in a few more players. It was probably a bit easier last season with the number of senior players we had in the squad, whereas now we're having to stretch ourselves a bit by calling on the Academy boys. It's disappointing to lose players of the quality we have but unfortunately that's the situation because of the financial and budget restraints."