Vokes to get Wolves chance

McCarthy yet to decide whether to loan out youngster

Vokes: Back with Wolves

Sam Vokes will be given an opportunity to try and make an impression at Wolves before Mick McCarthy decides whether to loan him out again.

The young Welsh striker spent time on loan at Leeds from October to the end of December but he is now back with Wolves.

McCarthy can see already that Vokes has gained sharpness from playing regularly and he feels he could be ready to challenge for a place in the Wolves side.

But the Wolves manager will monitor his progress over the next couple of weeks and then decide what is best for his immediate future.

"We'll see how Sam does and I'm not going to make any instant judgement on it," McCarthy told the club's official website.

"He trained really well yesterday and looked sharp - he looked as if he'd benefitted from games at Leeds.

"It might be that he comes back and gets in or that he doesn't and goes off on loan again.

"We'll have to have a look at him and see how he does but as I say he trained really well."

Moxey hails McCarthy

Vokes could be selected in the squad for Sunday's FA Cup clash against Tranmere as Wolves take a break from battling to survive in the Premier League.

They have made an encouraging start to the season after winning promotion last term and chief executive Jez Moxey believes McCarthy deserves praise for what he has achieved in spite of a lengthy injury list.

"There are already some solid foundations in place regarding the ultimate ambition of this season, top-flight survival," said Moxey.

"Much has been made of the casualty lists of top teams like Manchester United and Liverpool but, given our lower profile at Premier League level, our own problems often appear to go unnoticed.

"The list of injuries goes on and the problems we've encountered are always going to add to the major challenges faced by Mick in maximising his resources in the most efficient way possible.

"I don't think anyone can disagree that he has done that so far and that we have held our own in the face of what we always knew would prove a mammoth task as one of the newly promoted teams."