Carl Ikeme’s continued excellence in Wolves’ goal could lead Wolves to consider another loan move for Wayne Hennessey.
The Welsh international has just returned from a successful three-month stay at Yeovil and Kenny Jackett has confirmed that the keeper’s on-going recovery from two major knee operations may take the form of another temporary departure from Molineux.
“We’re looking for another loan for Wayne if we can,” the head coach said. “There’s a week before the loan deadline, so we’ll see whether he can get back out and playing, and build on what he’s done.
“But if it’s not the case, then he stays and will compete for his place and will train hard and he goes again. It very much depends on whether there are any opportunities around the country.
“He’s fully fit and has trained very well this week, so we’ll see whether we select him. We will make whatever is the best decision for the club. He has got on with his work and, if called upon, he’ll be fully committed to the cause.”
Hennessey was not eligible for consideration for the FA Cup tie against Oldham on Tuesday, when Jonathan Flatt was named on the bench while Aaron McCarey was away on international duty.
And Ikeme has been impressive in building an ever-present record to date in League One games in 2013-14.
“Carl’s had an excellent season and his focus has been good,” Kenny added. “He’s putting together the type of run I always thought he was capable of and his consistency has been excellent.
“He has earned his clean sheets and been a good presence for us, as Wayne is. When the high crosses come in, he comes and gets them and relieves the pressure. It’s a major boost to have that in your 18-yard box.
“We try very hard to encourage him in his distribution to be the first line of attack and not just the last line of defence. If he can help us break quickly with his kicks by helping us go from defence to attack, it can be a major weapon these days.
“When sides have attacked you, they’re out of shape and there are pockets and holes that you can exploit very quickly.”
Two of Wolves’ long-serving Wolves defenders may also be available for loan next week if the right clubs come in.
Kevin Foley and George Elokobi have both been short of first-team opportunities at Molineux and Kenny sees possible benefit in them going elsewhere for a spell.
“Kevin is waiting for an opportunity to get in but he’s behind quite a number of defenders,” the head coach said. “The stop-start nature of his season hasn’t helped him to get an opportunity or a chance in which to show what he can do because we’ve had a pretty good defence.
“He’s fine and has had no problems with his ankle. I’m sure that (loan) situation will come if someone phones for him.
“Maybe it could benefit him. It’s not that we’ve put him on the transfer list or anything like that. But, for any player who gets into a rhythm of playing and training in the under-21s and they’re over their injuries and not getting into the first team, a loan becomes a possibility.
“The same applies to George. Both are senior players and will be frustrated at the opportunities they have had. I understand that.
“The back four has been a strong area for us and not easy to break into.”
Jackett also stated that at present he doesn't expect there to be any incoming arrivals before the loan window shuts next Thursday.
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