Kenny Jackett expects James Henry to be fit and available for a potential recall against MK Dons a week tomorrow – but must play a waiting game over Matt Doherty.
The two had built up a good understanding down Wolves’ right prior to Doherty picking up a hamstring injury and then Henry a groin problem which has seen them sidelined in recent weeks.
Doherty did return in the draw with Brentford but his hamstring has since tightened up, and Jackett will not take any risks ahead of such a busy Christmas schedule, particularly as the work of the club's medical department have helped keep problems to a minimum so far this season.
“James Henry is o-k,” said the Head Coach.
“He had his first day back in full training yesterday and he’s fine.
“We’re expecting no further problems.
“Doherty hasn’t trained yet – we’ll see how he goes next week.
“It was good that the injury wasn’t too bad last Friday but we do really want to make sure it’s right so whether we’ll see whether the MK Dons game comes too soon for him or not.
“We want to make sure it’s as strong as possible because while his hamstring hasn’t gone, it has been niggling him for too long now.
“He hasn’t trained yet and probably won’t do until the middle of next week.
“It will be close for him and if we’ve got a full complement of defenders, we’ll be in a nice situation where we don’t have to have to push him necessarily.
“So he’ll hopefully come back in the middle of next week and then he’ll be looking for a game.
“It maybe a stage where we play him in the Under-21s first because he’s been out that long.
“We play Stourbridge away on Wednesday and if we need to arrange a training-ground friendly for him, we’ll put one on and make sure he’s 100 per cent when he does come back because he’s been a very good player for us.
“But we hope we get through to the weekend and don’t necessarily have to push him back in.
“That’s the good thing but on the other side of it, we need to make sure we get him 100 per cent right back and playing.
“So it might be that he needs a reserve game first.”