Kightly return delights boss

Wolves boss delighted by return of winger to training

Kightly: Returned to training

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is delighted with Michael Kightly's return to first-team training.

The pacy winger has not featured since March after breaking a metatarsal in his foot, while he also used the enforced lay-off to undergo a much-needed hip operation.

The 23-year-old contributed eight goals and 19 assists last term before his injury and McCarthy is delighted to have a player of such calibre back.

But the Wolves boss says it is too soon for him to play in his side's next game at Blackburn on Saturday.

McCarthy said: "He did really well on Tuesday, he had an hour's game and it was lovely to see him out there.

Terrific footballer

"He's a terrific little footballer, he really is. A really talented individual.

"It was great to see him do some of the things he did. But he's still not ready to play."

The Wolves boss added: "His touch is coming back, he spots a pass, he really is a terrific footballer, lovely to watch when he's playing like that.

"I really enjoyed watching him being out there.

"He's still not up to match speed but he's getting there."

Meanwhile, McCarthy has ruled out letting striker Sam Vokes move out of the club on loan.

A season-long deal with Derby collapsed at the 11th hour last Tuesday but McCarthy insists Vokes will not be going anywhere now the emergency loan market has reopened.

Competition

Instead, the Wolves boss wants the Welsh international to provide competition to Stefan Maierhofer, Kevin Doyle and Andy Keogh up front.

McCarthy said: "No, there's nobody going out. We've got four strikers at the minute with Stefan, Sam, Andy and Kevin.

"And until that changes, I won't be looking to do anything."

But McCarthy agreed that Darren Ward could find himself on his way out.

"There's always potential for that, that's been running for a long time," he said.

"We'll see, but there is a chance of that."

Asked whether the defender would return to Millwall, McCarthy added: "I think he would. There was a potential deal for him to go on loan there. They enquired about him so we'll see."