Kightly targets return
Mick McCarthy is hopeful that Michael Kightly will be able to take part in Wolves' pre-season tour to Ireland.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 07/07/10 12:22pm
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is hopeful that winger Michael Kightly will be able to take part in the club's pre-season tour to Ireland.
The winger is currently stepping up his fitness programme as he hopes to put 15 months of injury problems behind him ahead of the start of the new Premier League season in August.
The 24-year-old former England Under-21 international could be back for the tour which begins on 14th July, which includes a training camp and a friendly with Bohemians on 17th July.
The former Tottenham youth star, who signed from Grays Athletic for just £20,000 back in January 2007, played a major role in Wolves' promotion back to the Premier League.
Kightly, who has scored 21 goals in 87 appearances for the Molineux outfit, has been plagued with injuries since breaking his foot back in March 2009.
The winger returned last September but immediately required ankle surgery which kept him out for two months before a patella problem forced him out for the second half of the campaign.
McCarthy is keen for him to join up with the squad for the Ireland trip, and the same applies for 24-year-old left-back Stephen Ward, who is recovering after undergoing clean-up surgery on a cartilage problem at the end of last season.
McCarthy said: "Michael is training on the 'AlterG' (anti gravity treadmill). He's doing his programme and that won't be altered.
"He'll have two weeks (rehabilitation work) before joining us and it's the same with Stephen Ward. They'll be coming with us to Ireland. We're taking everyone."