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Finalising Plans


13:24 9th August 2013

Jackett waits on players

Kenny Jackett was making late checks on a previously absent quartet before finalising his plans for tomorrow’s game with Gillingham (3pm).

Sam Ricketts and Bjorn Sigurdarson both returned to training yesterday after illness and Richard Stearman and Bakary Sako are also in contention for the visit of the Gills.

That leaves Dave Edwards (ankle) and George Elokobi (groin) as the only two definitely sidelined from last weekend’s Sky Bet League One opener at Preston.

Kevin Doyle is again in the frame having come off the bench at Morecambe with Jackett keeping an open mind on the striker’s situation despite expecting him to move on at some stage.

“Doyle came on looking very hungry at Morecambe and gave us something, including the experience which we perhaps needed,” said Jackett.

“Considering that’s his first competitive match of the season he looked fit and he is in my thoughts.

“I have never closed the door on Kevin Doyle – all I have said is the likelihood is that he won’t be playing in League One this season.

“He is also realistic enough to know that anything has to be right for him.

“I don’t think he is unhappy at the club – he does like the club and isn’t one of those that doesn’t get on with it when he is asked to and he is fit and available.

“He’s been fine and I am sure he would say the same – if an offer comes in it will have to suit him as well.

“If there isn’t anything there, and he plays and trains well has he got a future at Wolves? Yes, if the standard of his play is good enough as is the case with any player.

“There is still a few weeks till the deadline and we will keep assessing it and see what sort of flurries come over the last weekend.”

Zeli Ismail meanwhile is fit and available after suffering from cramp against Morecambe, with Jackett confident he can make an impact this season.

“Ismail produced some moments against Morecambe,” the Head Coach explained.

“I know he came off with cramp in the last half an hour but he did produce our better moments.

“A great ball to Griffiths, when perhaps he should have scored, and then a great chance himself.

“He has got some talent.

“Cramp is quite often a mental thin because his running ability is fantastic, he’s a very fit lad.

“Once he settles down and gets some experience and gets used to it, it will be interesting to see how he goes because he has something creatively.

“Can he play every game and every minute? Probably no, but I’m sure he will have an impact this season.”

Staying on the subject of wingers, Razak Boukari remains a week or two from returning to full fitness.

“He’s still injured at present and has a week or maybe two weeks to go until he has completed that,” said Jackett.

“He does need to get fit for everyone concerned because he hasn’t done a day with the squad yet and considering we’re midway through August, that’s quite a long time.

“Getting him fit is a priority and he is at the end stage of rehabilitation.”

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