Chris Iwelumo was undergoing further tests today to investigate the extent of any damage to his left knee after the horror tackle which forced him from the field in Monday’s big Birmingham-Black Country derby.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers’ striker was stretchered off after a tackle from Birmingham skipper Lee Carsley who was subsequently ordered off.
Iwelumo left St Andrew’s on crutches but was yesterday able to put some weight on his injured leg and, while he may miss out on a part in Friday’s visit by Southampton to Molineux, the damage is not thought to be as bad as first feared.
Iwelumo is confident he can still play a part in Wolves’ promotion battle in the Coca-Cola Championship and win them the title to boot.
“There’s always a positive and if someone was to say we’d be two points clear with five games to go we’d have taken that,” the philosophical player said.
“The boys are disappointed at the result and we should have taken more control of the match.
“But we’ll clear the air and say a few things that need to be said and take it from there.”
Iwelumo added: “It was first against second, a massive match, but we won’t focus on it too much.”
Iwelumo is convinced should he be out, that Wolves will cope with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake recovering from a hamstring injury and Villa loan striker Marlon Harewood available too.
“We’ve got a good squad here,” the 30-year-old confirmed. “We’ve got the big man in Harewood and hopefully Sylvan will be back.
“Sam Vokes and Andy Keogh are there too so we’ve got great depth.”
*?Sheffield United added their name to the automatic promotion mix last night when they pulled to within three points of Blues with a 2-1 win over struggling Barnsley.
The Blades climbed above Reading into third spot on 72 points, although the Royals have a game in hand.