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Boss's Injury Update


11:00 10th November 2012

Solbakken talks defensive options

Razak Boukari and Georg Margreitter are nearing a return to full training as Wolves continue to face up to several key absentees.


Jamie O’Hara remains some weeks away from a possible return to full training and Slawomir Peszko will still be out until January, and George Elokobi is in the very early stages of rehabilitation on the broken and dislocated ankle sustained on loan at BristolCity.


But Boukari and Margreitter at least have a decent chance of being available sooner rather than later.


“Razak has been out for six weeks this weekend and he will start training with the team full-time some time next week,” said boss Ståle Solbakken.


“Margreitter tried to get back this week and had a setback, but it’s not the biggest setback.


“The physios say it’s normal – he’ll have some kind of injection or treatment that will keep him out for three days and then he should be able to train with us again.


“It’s the same injury as before, in his hip, but the injections have to be in a very precise place.


“Jamie O’Hara is working in the gym and can run in straight lines pretty well but he’s still a long way off in terms of playing football.


“Peszko will still be out until January – that’s the timespan with that injury.”


Meanwhile a slight problem with Tongo Doumbia’s hamstring was being assessed as to whether he can figure in today’s game with Brighton.

“Tongo has felt his hamstring a little bit this week, but I don’t know if I’d call it an injury – more tiredness I think,” said the boss.


“I feel he’s adapted very well but he’s faded a little bit – at Hull I think he put in his weakest performance so far.”


Talking of those trying to force their way into the side Ronald Zubar and Frank Nouble turned out for the Reserves in last night’s ??? with Middlesbrough.


The boss acknowledges that both – like all players – are keen to be involved and will be unhappy if they are not.


“We’ve had an open discussion and Frank needs to play,” he said.


“He’s had too few games and in the Championship, we’re not in a position to give him that now.


“We’ll be considering what is the best thing to do for him and I think it’s good for him to play 90 minutes to get some match fitness.


“ Ronald is not happy because he wants to play centre half and at the moment, he’s behind in the pecking order at full back and at centre half.


““But we have a healthy relationship and have had a healthy discussion and it’s not like we’ve had a fall-out at all.


““It’s the same for him as it is everyone else – there’s one idiot who picks this team and he’s at the top!


““Sometimes he gets it right and sometimes he gets it wrong.


“Danny Batth has done very well in training and in the reserve games.

“He’s worked very hard in terms of trying to move his body faster because he’s a big lad.


“When you step up a division like Danny has, the change in direction is bigger and so you need to be more mobile.


“But he has adapted to that and he’s better with the ball too and I think he’s done well.


“Georg Margreitter is a player we like, but he’s been injured for five or six weeks now.


“You never know in football – one injury and then suddenly you’re on the bench, and then another and who knows?”


And the boss is also keen to see Jermaine Pennant now back at full fitness after several games build up his impact during his loan spell from Stoke.


He explained with a smile:  “I said to him if we don’t win I’ll drive him back to Stoke because we haven’t won since he came here!


“I think what’s happened with him is very normal for players who haven’t played much in a while.


“He came here and played three games quite quickly but in a way now that excuse has gone and he must start producing.


“Maybe you struggle with a lack of match rhythm but he’s had some good moments.


“Also, like many players coming from the Premier League, you don’t realise that if you stay on the ball for one second too long, you end up in the air watching from a bird perspective.”


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