Wolverhampton Wanderers predicted line-up: Lambert without injured star

Matt Doherty (2nd R) celebrates scoring the first goal for Wolves with team mates

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be without the standout Helder Costa for their vital Championship meet with Nottingham Forest.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have two significant injury concerns ahead of their trip to Nottingham Forest's County Ground

Wolves' Carl Ikeme lies injured

Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is a doubt following his recent achilles injury, whilst defender Mike Williamson and - perhaps most crucially - Helder Costa, are also missing for Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert

The absence of Ikeme and Costa are huge blows for manager Paul Lambert - who has only tasted victory once since taking over the reigns at Molineux. Indeed, the club is on an awful run of form that has seen just one win in twelve Championship outings and a consequent drop to 20th position in the division; just two points from the relegation line. 

Wolves' Helder Costa (C) celebrates after scoring their first goal with teammates

Costa, in particular, has been a shining light in an otherwise inconsistently disappointing campaign for Wolves - as the playmaker on loan from Benfica has scored four goals, made two assists and has been instrumental in most of the good things that the Wanderers have produced this term. Unfortunately, an ankle problem sees the talented 22-year-old sidelined. 

Cardiff City's Kieran Richardson in action against Wolves' Dominic Iorfa (L)

In Ikeme's absence, 19-year-old Harry Burgoyne looks set to deputise - despite the presence of the slightly more experienced Jon Flatt. Ahead of Burgoyne, Lambert could well retain full backs Dominic Iorfa and Matt Doherty as part of a back four with the central defensive pairing of captain Danny Batth and Richard Stearman. 

Cardiff City's Craig Noone in action against Wolves' Ivan Cavaleiro (R)

The combative midfield shield of Jack Price and Romain Saiss are expected to start in Lambert's engine room, with Welshman Dave Edwards deployed further forward. It is anticipated that the trio will be supported by the attacking line of Ivan Cavaleiro, Bright Enobakhare and front man Nouha Dicko.

Here is the Wolverhampton Wanderers predicted line-up in full: 

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