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Sako Fit As Wolves Welcome Brentford

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11:05 22nd November 2013

Jackett set for stern test

Bakary Sako is fit and raring to go against Sky Bet League One team of the moment Brentford at Molineux tomorrow (3pm).

The six-goal winger missed Tuesday’s home FA Cup replay against Oldham because of a tight hamstring and his recovery means the on-loan James Henry is the only senior absentee.

“Bakary has trained and is fine,” Kenny Jackett reported. “It’s a big boost and, barring James, we have a fully fit squad.”

That means Matt Doherty is also challenging for a recall after being absent since going off with a hamstring problem during the home win over Oldham a month ago.

Kevin Doyle has reported unscathed back from the Republic of Ireland’s international double header and the Molineux head coach believes continued good form at club level can help keep him in favour with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

“Kevin is fine after going on as a substitute in both games for the Republic,” he added. “The new management have taken him along with the squad and put him on twice, so I’m sure that will help him.

“He’s pleased to be considered again and is now focused on doing well with Wolves because that’s the best chance of boosting your chances of being in the next international squad.”

Of the challenge Wolves face tomorrow against a side who missed promotion last season in heart-breaking circumstances, Kenny said: “Brentford are probably the form team in the division, with six wins on the spin and a very settled side.

“They have also totalled ten goals in the last two games but we are the home side and we have to capitalise on the very good start we have made to the season. Seeing if we can improve is our test.

“I have seen Brentford many times over the last couple of seasons and everyone will say they were unfortunate not to go up last season. They have signed players quite shrewdly and they will be one of the sides to beat in the promotion race, as they were last season.

“We need to respond by playing better than we did on Tuesday. There will be several changes, with some players available after injury or international duty.

“Our squad are back together and fully focused on getting as many points as possible from the next nine before our free weekend when the FA Cup second round takes place. This game is obviously big because Brentford are one of the better teams and very competitive.

“After Tuesday, our team need to get back to being settled if we can. I’m not looking to rotate. The balance and rhythm are more important and we need to fall into that very quickly.”

Wolves have still lost only one League game this season and went top of League One last weekend for the first time by winning at Notts County.

*Tickets are still available in all stands for tomorrow’s game and will also be available from the Ticket Office tomorrow. No tickets will be available on the turnstiles.  Fans are also reminded that if they purchase a ticket for the Brentford fixture, they are also eligible to purchase a half price ticket for Tuesday’s visit of Tranmere.

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