Wolves stars set to return
McCarthy ready to welcome back big four
Last Updated: September 16, 2009 3:28pm
Kightly: Set for Premier debut
Wolves are hoping to welcome back four key players ahead of Sunday's clash with Fulham.
Michael Kightly is yet to make his top-flight debut following a broken foot and hip surgery at the end of last season.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Foley have not featured since the first game of the season, while Jody Craddock missed last weekend's defeat at Blackburn.
But all four are in line to return to Wolves this weekend and give manager Mick McCarthy a major boost.
"Jody, Kevin, Kightly and Sylvan all could return for Sunday," said McCarthy.
"It would be great to have those four back if it happened.
"Kightly came through the reserve game last night which was really good news.
"We'll see how he does now but it's been good to have him back in training.
"Sylvan will train today and Foley trained on Monday and Tuesday. Jody could be in training by the end of the week if all goes well.
"Those lads have a chance of being in the squad."
Striker Chris Iwelumo will not be fit, though, as he continues to build up his fitness from a foot injury.
"Chris trained on Monday but just felt it a bit so he's just easing back a little bit," McCarthy added. "I don't think he will be available."
Kightly himself is hoping he will be able to make his Premier League bow against Fulham.
"As far as the injuries go, I feel 100 per cent fit," said Kightly.
"My sharpness isn't 100 per cent, but that's only going to come with games.
"Getting 20 or 30 minutes with the first team is only going to help, but we'll see what happens.
"You can train as much as you like, but that match sharpness you need only comes from playing games. Hopefully I can get a bit of that on Sunday."
Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy has confirmed that George Elokobi and Ronald Zubar will also be back in his squad on Sunday.
Both players turned up late on Saturday and were dropped; Elokobi from the starting XI, and Zubar from the squad, but McCarthy now says that everything has been sorted.
"It's all done and dusted and both are back in my plans," he said. "There's no issue with it now, it was done and dealt with.
"Let's hope I don't have to do it again. There weren't any excuses in the first place. It's just the way I am and I think it's right to have discipline around the place.
"Whatever the players are late for, there is something that happens.
"It might be a little fine for being late for one thing, but if they're late for the team coach or the team meeting or a game then it's unacceptable.
"It's a shame it happened but it did, but they're under the same rules as anyone else. It's finished with, done and dealt with."