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O'Hara Progress Continues


15:20 7th December 2012

Boss says Wolves will use caution

Boss Ståle Solbakken says Jamie O’Hara has had a good week back on the training pitch at Compton - but is still some way off being ready for first team contention.


O’Hara is pleased to be back in full training and moving closer to a possible first senior appearance since March, but no risks will be taken given his lengthy absence following a third hernia operation.


The boss though is delighted to see the midfielder back in positive mood and knowing the light is at the end of tunnel in terms of his recovery.

“I don’t think we should stress with that (how far away he is from squad) because it’s been a long time and it’s three operations and he’s been out for more than half a year,” said Solbakken.


“We’ll try to arrange a behind-closed-doors game in the next seven to 10 days where he can play 30-45 minutes or whatever.


“He’s getting there, but it’s about getting used to covering spaces on a big pitch that he will struggle with for a few weeks.


“But the main thing is he doesn’t get any setbacks now because that’s what’s happened before.


“I think mentally he is relieved and wants to get on with his football – in that respect it has been a good week.”


Wolves meanwhile are continuing to canvas specialists’ opinions on Razak Boukari, to get him over the final hurdle of his rehabilitation from a troublesome calf injury.


“Razak is a big concern because he can’t get that last 15-20 per cent out of himself and the doctor and physio are seeking a second opinion from all around Europe,” said Solbakken.

“He’s improved but he can’t do the explosive things and he’s an explosive player.


“He feels that if he sprints, then something might be damaged.


“We had a meeting with the physio and the doctor this morning and decided to go one way, but that can be adjusted slightly.”


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