McNamara closes on return
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Wolves defender Jackie McNamara is close to making a return to action.
The former Celtic man has yet to play for Wolves this season after picking up a hip injury.
McNamara successfully came through behind-closed-doors practice match this week playing for 65 minutes.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is refusing to put a timescale on his return, but is confident the Scotsman is well on the road to recovery.
"Jackie is 65 minutes closer to full fitness and that is it - he will not be playing at the weekend," said McCarthy.
"His injury is now fully recovered but when you have been out a while, it takes time to get fully fit.
"He's got no chance for Saturday and he is very doubtful for the following Saturday, although after that we have an international break so we will hope to see him in first-team contention in about three or four weeks."