Terry Connor insists Roger Johnson remains 'very much a part' of his plans and has attempted to play down talk of internal rifts at Wolves.
With the threat of relegation hanging over the club, the last thing Wolves needed was to see their own players involved in an on-field scuffle in a must-win tie against Bolton.
That is precisely what happened, though, with club captain Johnson clashing with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during a 3-2 defeat.
The angry exchange has led to suggestions that all is not well in the Molineux camp, with Wolves' season in danger of imploding.
Connor insists that is not the case and has offered his full backing to Johnson in the wake of yet more unfavourable headlines.
"Roger's very much part of what we're doing," he told the Express and Star.
"He's part of our team and has played the last two games."
Connor has also denied that Johnson's game has been adversely affected by a showing against Bolton which saw him concede a penalty and fail to prevent Kevin Davies from finding the target.
"It was dealt with at half-time," he said.
"Those mistakes - if they are mistakes - are in isolation and nothing to do with what happened with Wayne at all."
Connor, who is expected to stick with Johnson for Saturday's trip to Stoke, added that the defender has been a 'positive influence' in the dressing room since joining Wolves from Birmingham last summer.
"He's listened to what's been said and has worked along with his team-mates," he said.