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Boss To Wait On Frimpong


11:56 16th November 2012

Solbakken not ruling out midfield loan

Boss Ståle Solbakken has revealed that bringing in Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong on loan could still be a possibility once the midfielder reaches peak fitness.


Both Wolves and Arsenal have previously revealed the club’s interest in Frimpong spending a second loan spell at Molineux, but the midfielder is still only a couple of games into his comeback from a long-term cruciate injury.


The Wolves boss prefers at the present time to utilise his fully fit midfielders whilst still not closing the door on a possible move for Frimpong at a later date.


Speaking at last night’s BBC WM Fans’ Forum at Molineux, he said:  “The situation is he wants to come to us.


“But at the moment, he’s coming back from injury that he got when he was here last season.


“So he’s been out for eight months and he has another small injury now and he hasn’t played in Arsenal reserves’ last two or three games.


“I think he has to get back to his best because he’s only between 70 and 85 per cent fit which makes it hard for a midfielder such as David Davis, who is waiting for his chance.


“If we brought in Frimpong now and he isn’t 100 per cent, he’d be in the way of Davis and what does it say about him?


“I think if you bring in a loan player now, it must be an emergency thing, like it was when we lost Slawomir Peszko, Razak Boukari and Stephen Hunt through injury inside eight days, and we lost them all for between two and four months and we brought in Pennant.”


On whether the possibility remains to sign Frimpong the boss added:  “He can be a possibility for us in January when things might look differently.


“I’m sure Frimpong will be 100 per cent fit by then if he doesn’t get another injury.


“We’ve seen him in reserve games and in the Capital One Cup so we have control of the situation.


“But at the moment, I think our players here can do that job.


“I think Arsenal is the club for him now to get back to 100 per cent fitness.


“If he hasn’t joined another club in January then maybe he’s a player for us.


“I’ve seen all the DVDs from last season but he played five games and before that he hadn’t played for a long time and since then he’s been out for eight months.


“That shows that every player needs time to get it right.


“I trust David Davis, Dave Edwards, Karl Henry and Tongo Doumbia that they are the ones competing for places at the moment, but things can change.


“The right thing to do is to wait until January – mostly because I trust all the players I have available for the central midfield role at the moment.”


*Last night's Forum, which took place in the WV1 Bar and Grill, is set to be broadcast on BBC WM on Monday evening at 8pm. 

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