DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 26: Goran Popov (L) of Macedonia and Kevin Doyle of Republic of Ireland in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group B Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Kevin Doyle On Verge Of Return To Action With Wolverhampton

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Kevin Doyle On Verge Of Wolves Return

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle looks to be on the verge of a return to training just days after Mick McCarthy's side received a huge boost in the form of a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion that took them out of the relegation zone. Doyle's injury, sustained on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, had coincided with a huge did in form for Wolves, and until the win last weekend they looked favourites for relegation.

Now Doyle's making a return to training and may be in line for a return to the squad for the match against Sunderland, although he's not expected to be starting. It wouldn't be totally out of the question for him to play a part in the match, however, especially if Wolves need a goal late in the game. The team is currently in 17th place, just one point ahead of Blackpool and Wigan, and should they lose on Saturday they have a very good chance of finding themselves in the relegation zone with just one match left to play.

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Kevin Doyle Injury Could See Wolves Without Top Player For Rest Of Season

An entire fan base held their breath as one on Saturday, when Wolves striker Kevin Doyle limped off the pitch in Dublin just 17 minutes into the Republic of Ireland's match against Macedonia. Ireland won their Euro qualifier, 2-1, but that won't be much consolation to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni stated that the damage was to Doyle's medial knee ligament -- the same injury suffered by teammate Karl Henry, keeping him out for eight weeks.

Those adept with numbers should be able to figure out that eight weeks would have Doyle returning for the final game of the season, when Wolves host Blackburn. In other words, this could very well be a season ending injury. Wolves are currently in 18th, just above Birmingham City and Wigan, but with nearly every team in the bottom 10 fearing relegation, the West Midlands club could have managed to escape the drop. But should Doyle, arguably the best player for Wolves, miss the rest of the season, relegation almost seems inevitable.

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