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Sako Back In Frame


11:00 24th April 2013

Winger in contention

Bakary Sako is set to return to the Wolves squad for Saturday’s crucial home game with Burnley (3pm).

The winger has been sidelined for five-and-a-half weeks with a hamstring injury sustained against Bristol City, but will be assessed in training ahead of the weekend with a view to being available for selection.

Sako had to quickly return to France on Monday night as his partner was due to give birth, but is expected back to train tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s game.

Boss Dean Saunders says: “He has a chance of being fit for Saturday.

“He called me at 11pm on Monday night to say his wife is having a baby, so he’s tied up with that right now.

“I’m hoping he’ll be in tomorrow if everything goes well with his wife and the baby.
“Whether his hamstring is strong enough – he is ahead of schedule but it is a risk.

“We are short of goalscorers, somebody who can score out of nothing.

“And if he smacks one in, or hits a free-kick in, it might be just what we need.

“He can sprint and he’ll be available for Saturday - it is whether I start him or he goes on the bench.”

Several other players are also being treated for minor issues, including Stephen Hunt with a calf problem.

“He had cramp on Saturday and has got a little bit of pain in it but he should be alright for Saturday,” added the boss.

“I just want to make sure everybody gets through this week without getting injured.

“I’m wrapping some of them up in cotton wool – nobody came out of the Charlton game injured but there are a few sore ankles and now’s not the time to be training with a bad ankle.”

George Elokobi is also available for the weekend having come through 45 minutes as an over-age player for the Under-21s against West Ham last Friday and then featured in a training ground practice match on Monday.


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