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Positive Prognosis


09:29 22nd June 2013

Squad fit and well for training return

Head Coach Kenny Jackett has revealed an almost complete clean bill of health for the Wolves squad returning for pre-season – but has vowed to tread carefully with keeper Wayne Hennessey.


Hennessey has reaped the rewards for a summer of toil at the Compton training ground by reaching full fitness ahead of next week’s return to full training, and has already been back flinging himself around in training with fellow gloveman Carl Ikeme and goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain.


As things stand Razak Boukari, who underwent an operation on his troublesome calf at the start of the close season, is set to be the only player not able to take some part when the squad return for fitness testing on Monday.


And that’s particularly good news for Hennessey, who has not featured at first team level for 14 months after twice injuring his cruciate knee ligaments.


“In terms of Wayne we are going to have to monitor what he does and take it every day,” says Jackett.

“We will have to be very careful with him but basically he is confident and he is good to go.

“We will monitor his situation and treat him with kid gloves to make sure he gets through the pre-season period.

“I think Razak is the only one who isn’t likely to start pre-season,” continued Jackett.

“Apart from Razak everybody is there or thereabouts.

“I have spoken to David Davis whose ankle is fine - as is Carl Ikeme.”


Jackett meanwhile is also continuing to assess the situation regarding the backroom staff and whether he will need an assistant or coach, a situation bound to become clearer with training back underway.


He admits he enjoys working with new people and picking up new ideas, as he has so far from the likes of Mountain, Development Coach Steve Weaver and Head of Performance Tony Daley.


“There is nothing on that yet,” is his answer to the additional staff question.

“I’ve been talking to Steve Weaver, Tony Daley and Pat Mountain who are the guys that I am working with.

“We will start off and assess it as we go.

“It is quite often interesting to work with different people who bring in different ideas.

“Everyone talks about football and it’s the same product but everyone has different ideas and you might say, ‘you were with so-and-so and had a good year – how did you do it?’

“All of the guys at Millwall are under contract and are well-thought-of there so that is not necessarily an option at the moment.

“You come in and see how people work and I am always trying to be a student of the game and that is important.”

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