Boss Ståle Solbakken believes Jamie O’Hara’s first priority must be ensuring he is fit to do himself justice when he returns from football rather than pushing himself to come back too soon.
The Wolves manager is continuing to plan without the midfielder who is working on his rehabilitation from a third hernia operation in August.
He is ready to give O’Hara as much time as required including ruling him out until the New Year if necessary.
“Jamie was outside running yesterday,” said Solbakken.
“He can run straight forward, but he’s not changing direction or kicking balls so he’s probably many weeks away.
“It will probably be after Christmas when we see him (playing).
“But the most important thing is he saves his career and can play football.
“As he’s been out for so long, I think it’s important he puts his health and his future before I start to ask questions because I think that would be unfair.
“He, together with the medical staff, must be totally in control of this.
“He’s not an old man, so he can come back and be close to pain-free and play football again.
“It’s not important if it’s January 1 or March 1 or whatever, the important thing is he can play football again.
“Was it serious? If you’ve had three operations and been out for so long you must say that it’s starting to get serious.
“But he’s working hard. You get ups and downs when you’ve had such big setbacks, and the thought that you could perhaps have done without the last operation.
“He had that operation and he’s still having to fight, but that’s how these types of injuries are.”
Another long-term absentee Steven Mouyokolo also continues to be monitored having suffered a slight reaction on returning to training following his cruciate knee ligament injury.
Björn Sigurdarson has rested up for a couple of days after suffering mild concussion against Brighton on Saturday while Razak Boukari and Georg Margreitter are moving closer towards fitness.
“Razak trained for the first time yesterday - the whole session,” said the boss.
“As for being in the squad on Saturday, I think that’s a little bit too early after six weeks out.
“Let’s see how he reacts. He did the whole session today for the first time.
“It’s probably a good idea for him to play reserve football first.
“It’s the same with Georg Margreitter, and he’ll hopefully step up his training at last now this week.
“He’s had one or two setbacks when the pain has come back but hopefully now it’s gone.”
Wayne Hennessey could be pencilled in for more reserves action after coming through two-and-a-half games since returning having sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in April.
“It’s about getting match understanding, getting that under the skin really when you’ve been out for a long time, in terms of the courage in going for balls in the penalty area and also the timing,” said the boss.
“All that will come with games and being on the training pitch regularly.
“It’s fair to say he’ll probably need a couple more reserve games before he’s ready to challenge.”