Terry Connor could be forgiven for thinking that Emmanuel Frimpong had perhaps been born on Friday the 13th of some month or other.
And that Karl Henry had opened an umbrella inside a building, that Jamie O’Hara had broken a mirror, that Nenad Milijas had seen a magpie or that David Davis had walked under a ladder.
Bad luck and central midfield casualties have come hand-in-hand in recent weeks.
Will somebody spill some salt at Norwich?
But Connor is not superstitious.
‘Injuries happen’, says the Wolves boss with the type of stiff upper lip that would make Winston Churchill look like he was quivering like a blancmange during the Blitz.
They may well happen, but rarely do they occur in just one position, and it has left the Wolves engine room looking as bare as opening the bonnet of a 4x4 monster truck and finding the cogs and workings from a 998cc Mini City underneath.
“They’re in one position-centre midfield, but they do happen,” continued Connor.
“It’s nothing to do with the black cat or anything like that.
“Things happen and you have to deal with it. I’m sure teams at the top like Man Utd and Man City also suffer. I heard Roberto Mancini, with all the talent at his disposal, talking about him missing ‘so-and-so’.
“It happens to all the clubs, we just have to deal with it.”
Youngster Davis is the latest to suffer a set-back with a rib injury.
“One door shuts, another one opens and the opportunity comes for another player to come in and play their part,” said Connor.
“As I said to them all, I’ll need all the players to start at the same time, so any eleven can go out at any given game. I’ll need everybody between now and May 13.”
Two players who could return to the club next week are Adam Hammill, currently on loan at Middlesbrough, and George Elokobi, on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Both went with 28 day recall options. “We’ll have a look at the numbers in a weeks time,” said Connor of Hammill’s availability.
“It’s the same with George Elokobi, although he is injured (hamstring). He’s been at Forest, but he had a 28-day recall option which has lapsed so we can call him back.”
Connor admits Stephen Ward’s form has dipped, but expects him to come back strongly: “During his time here he’s been excellent but we are human beings and that machine can’t always be programmed to 8/10 every week. He’s a good player.”