Doyle set to return
Mick McCarthy has confirmed striker Kevin Doyle should be fit for Wolves' season opener against Blackburn.
Last Updated: 11/08/11 5:23pm
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed striker Kevin Doyle should be fit for the club's season opener against Blackburn this weekend.
The Republic of Ireland international withdrew from his national squad for the friendly with Croatia on Wednesday with a knee complaint.
However, after assessing the 27-year-old at the club's training ground McCarthy revealed the Irishman is in contention for a starting spot at Ewood Park on Saturday.
"There's every possible chance Doyle will play. It's nothing sinister or serious and we're hoping he'll play. It's 90-10 [in his favour]," said McCarthy.
"He got a kick on the knee at the weekend and felt it on Wednesday so it was a precaution [to withdraw from the Ireland squad]."
After securing a third successive season in the top flight on a dramatic final day of last term, McCarthy also revealed he is hopeful the club will enjoy a more successful year this time around.
"We're stronger this year. The players have had another year at this level," added the 52-year-old.
"We got through the second year and we had a great season. Despite the nerves on the last day, we got through it.
"I don't always want to keep saying we only want to survive. We want to keep finishing as high as we can and keep improving."