Henry Closing In On Return

Latest injury update from the gaffer

James Henry has a chance of returning to contention for Friday’s televised fixture at Middlesbrough (7.45pm), and Mike Williamson and Michal Zyro are also “not far away.”

All three are now involved in some form of outdoor training, but with his absence only just over a fortnight Henry is the most likely to be available again first given the longer spells on the sidelines for Zyro and Williamson.

Henry injured his hamstring against Preston two-and-a-half weeks ago, Williamson his hamstring whilst training with Newcastle after the end of his Wolves loan in early December, and Zyro has been sideliend with a troublesome calf injury since scoring against Cardiff in mid-January.

“We'll see this week how they are, they're not far away,” said Jackett.

“My first impressions are maybe Henry will be fit.

"We're not sure with the other two yet, we'll see, but they're outside training.

“Henry certainly needs a full week’s training, but he's only been out for two weeks.

"Zyro’s not too long and Williamson’s a bit further and possibly will need an in-house game - it depends on how he goes in training.

"The other side of it is Mike's an experienced player and sometimes if he feels right he can step right in (to the first team) then that might be the case.

"I think maybe (he needs) two weeks training, some 11 v 11s in that structured strictly for him.

"He's over the worst and looking at him training on Monday he looked o-k, and not far off.

"Certainly Henry won't need (an under-21 game or a friendly).

“If things go well this week I do feel he has a chance of helping us on Friday."

Jackett has also said the door remains open for Rajiv van La Parra, despite the winger’s exclusion from the 18 for Saturday’s victory against Derby County.

“I didn’t think it was the right thing to involve him and to play him (on Saturday), and decided to leave him right out,” added the Head Coach.

“We’ll just have to see how things settle down now going forward, but it was part of my thinking for Saturday’s game.

“He’s with us and training, he trained well on Monday.

“If I feel it’s right to use Rajiv van La Parra, I will.

“I didn’t feel it was the right thing to use him on Saturday - we’ll just have to assess it now as the time goes on.

“He’s a Wolves player and we’ll just have to assess it and see how I feel going into Middlesbrough.”