x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Unfriendly injury to Wolves forward Iwelumo

Wolverhampton Wanderers confirm the Scottish striker Chris Iwelumo sustained a broken metatarsal in their friendly win over Perth Glory.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed Scottish striker Chris Iwelumo sustained a broken metatarsal in their 1-0 friendly win over Perth Glory. With a metatarsal healing period traditionally taking between six weeks and three months, Iwelumo faces an untimely spell on the sidelines. The burly forward will definitely miss his country's crunch World Cup qualifier against Norway in August, as well as a possible seven top-flight games for recently promoted Wolves.

Yet, having only just returned to full fitness following an end-of-season knee ligament injury, Iwelumo was philosophical about the incident. "It is part and parcel of football and you have just got to take it on the chin," he said. And the 30-year old striker believes he can recover in time to play a key role in Wolves' return to the summit of English football and Scotland's finely balanced campaign to reach South Africa next summer.

"I have been trying for seven years to get to the Premier League and hopefully I can get myself back quickly and make an impact," said Iwelumo. However, the striker will require an operation, the success of which will determine his rehabilitation period. "I'll be getting an operation on Tuesday. I'll be trying to maintain the fitness that I have just now - I just want to keep on top of it and look after myself."

While the crucial Oslo qualifier appears beyond him, Iwelumo backed his teammates to deliver success with or without him, and reiterated his intention to be fit for September's internationals against Macedonia and Holland. "It's a fantastic squad and there are some great strikers there. The importance of those matches is unbelievable, but we've got good players, good characters and the manager knows what he is doing."

emegson@thenational.ae