Matt Doherty is looking ahead to a positive New Year for both his return from injury and the team’s push for promotion as he closes in on recovering from a hamstring problem.
The Irish full back has cemented his position as first choice right back over the calendar year, prior to picking up the injury against Oldham in October.
He returned for the fixture with Brentford but then suffered another setback in training only to now be targeting a potential return either against Leyton Orient or the games which follow.
“I’m 95 per cent there and it’s just that final bit that is holding me off a little bit,” says Doherty, who again misses out against Crewe this afternoon (3pm).
“There’s a chance I could be available for Leyton Orient but if not that then over the New Year period.
“That’s definitely something to be looking forward to because while the physios are great here, no player ever wants to be in the treatment room all day.
“I came back and played the one game and came through it but then had a setback in training before the Peterborough game.
“It’s more of a confidence issue really just being sure it is ok and I think when you’ve had an injury it’s mental rather than physical sometimes.
“Once I’m back this time hopefully it will stay away and I’ll be able to crack on for the rest of the season.
“It’s frustrating because I never normally get injured.
“And during the warm-up of the Oldham game when it happened, me and Scott (Golbourne) were talking in the warm-up and were both saying we’d never felt so fit and so energised.
“Your body sometimes thinks differently!
“But no matter what work you do to prepare hamstring injuries are part of football and can happen to anyone.
“You’ve seen players like Gerrard, Zabaleta, Townsend, Richards, Messi – the very top players have all had hamstring injuries.”
And once back, Doherty will be keen to build on what has been a positive year.
“I feel it’s been quite a successful year for me at Wolves,” he added.
“Since Dean Saunders put me in the team I think I’ve started nearly every game and that’s been good for my confidence.
“I’d kept my place under the gaffer this season and it’s always good to know a manager has got faith in you and gives you a run, even when you have the odd bad game.
“It helps you as a player to improve and get better and gives you a real confidence boost.
“This time last year I was on loan at Bury and now I’m back here and have played a lot of games for Wolves.
“I probably didn’t think we’d be in League One but I’ve still enjoyed it.
“I always felt I’d be able to play for Wolves - it was just a case of when I’d get my chance.
“It does go to show what happens when you get managers who believe in you – it can kick on your career.
“So hopefully for me and the team there is a lot to look forward to going into the New Year.
“We’re in a good position and a good position to try and do that.
“We might have had a little hiccup over the last few games but we haven’t lost any ground and Leyton Orient are one of the teams we are playing over Christmas.
“If we can win that I think it would put us in pole position.”