Clarke rules out Long sale

Wolves have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Dave

Edwards has been ruled out until the New Year with a hamstring


The Welsh international has suffered a ‘Grade Two’ tear which

means he will be out for around two months.

The news is a disappointment to manager Stale Solbakken, as

Edwards had become a key figure for him in recent weeks.

“It is disappointing that he picked up a bad injury,” said boss

Stale Solbakken.

“We don’t have so many players with the experience that Dave


“In the last four or five games he has been up to a good

standard in his performances.”

Long has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for the Baggies

this season, but Clarke insists there is no truth in the rumours

linking him with Liverpool, despite a lack of firepower in Brendan

Rodgers’ side.

“Liverpool need a striker, Shane is playing well, so a lazy

journalist puts it together and makes a story out of it,” Clarke

told the Birmingham Mail.

“Shane is not for sale. And I’d be very surprised if Brendan

Rodgers wanted to take Shane anyway.

“People are merely looking at connections and making stories out

of it.”

Meanwhile, Clarke also confirmed goalkeeper Ben Foster is

recovering well following his groin operation, although a sickness

bug is causing him problems.

Yassine El Ghanassy was forced to sit out West Brom U21s victory

over Bolton while a number of other first team players have also

been struck down.

“Yassine is sick, we’ve had a sickness virus at the club,” added


“Boaz Myhill was also sick last week. He didn’t travel with us

to Swansea. He actually came down on the day of the game.

“Billy Jones was also sick overnight on Friday – he wasn’t even

in the stadium – and now Yassine is unwell. Ben is improving (from

his operation) which is good news for us. We will see how he gets