Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey is set to return after the next international break

Wayne Hennessey: Wolves goalkeeper is expected to be able to play a game after the next international break

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Wolves manager Stale Solbakken is optimistic that goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will be ready to play a game after the next international break.

Hennessey has been sidelined since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Sunderland in April, but has been given the all clear to step up his rehabilitation after a visit to the surgeon.

Solbakken does not expect Hennessey to go straight back into Wolves' first team, but is looking forward to the Wales international being able to challenge Carl Ikeme and Dorus de Vries for a starting spot.

"I think if everything goes to plan, he should be able to play a game after the next international break," Solbakken told the club's official website.

"It's going to plan so what he's doing now is ahead of schedule and so when he trains for three or four more weeks, he can step up and play a game in five or six weeks from now.

"Wayne will need a bit of time until he's match-fit because he can't go in and play from day one.

"He can play reserve games and prepare himself for the first team - and maybe by playing for the national team with Wales!

"For now, it's all about taking the last step and then he can be ready.

"I don't think he will go straight into the team, that would surprise me! But he can play at his maximum.

"It means that we will have three goalkeepers all competing with each other."

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