Kenny Jackett will assess Wayne Hennessey today before deciding whether the Wolves keeper can make his comeback in Tuesday’s friendly at Wrexham (7.30pm).
Hennessey, who last appeared for the first time against Sunderland 15 months ago, has been training well after recovering from a second cruciate knee ligament injury, and was again put through his paces by goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain prior to Saturday’s friendly win at Livingston.
If all is well, he may get the chance to make his return by playing a proportion of tomorrow’s game at the Racecourse Ground.
“Wayne had a good pre-season,” says Jackett.
“He did every session (in Scotland) last week, even working with the strikers before the game, throwing himself around.
“It is good to see him back. I know he has not played any games but he’s three weeks in now and has done a lot of goalkeeping and fitness work and touch wood he’s been fine.”
“We will talk about the Wrexham game today.
“But if we are happy and if the medical people are happy with what he’s done, and it does appear that’s the case, then he will be working towards a game shortly.
“I don’t exactly know when that will be right now.”
Hennessey would certainly enjoy a good reception, probably from both sets of fans, should he feature tomorrow.
“He’ll get a great reception and from the Wolves fans because he’s been a very popular player,” Jackett added.
“And also people will be with him because he’s had 16 months out with an injury and nobody wants to see that. At present he is speaking and training very confidently. That’s nice to see and I hope it continues.”
Meanwhile Jackett says the search continues for new recruits ahead of the big kick-off at Preston, with Wolves doing everything they can to battle other clubs for potential targets.
“We are not a Championship club, we are a League One club, and we have to do our work,” said Jackett.
“We have to always be competitive in the transfer market and you have to know the market, you have to work in there and continually be doing that.
“I think at Wolves it is a very good department. They are working away all of the time at potential targets while I am working with the team. I like that. That’s a good thing. In the long run it will work well with us.
“It is an ongoing process right throughout the season. We never stop. You don’t suddenly stop looking for good players. We will continually look to improve the squad and bring in good players. It will be quality rather than quantity that comes in.
“There’s quite a number of players here already and it is making sure we mould them into a side that can do very well in League One.
“It is a transition. There’ll be a lot of changes from Brighton (in May) to Preston (in August), I’m sure. But changes that are necessary. And in terms of signing players it is not something we stop. We continually assess and work hard at trying to improve.”
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