McCarthy coy on Kightly return
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy says midfielder Michael Kightly will not be rushed back from a knee injury.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 23/02/10 4:57pm
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy says he will not rush midfielder Michael Kightly back into a return to first team action.
Kightly has been missing since the November defeat to Midlands rivals Birmingham at Molineux and has been suffering from discomfort in both his knees.
The 24-year-old has been in Spain seeing a specialist in an attempt to recover from the problem that has seen his involvement in the Premier League restricted to 10 appearances this season.
The former Grays Athletic man has endured a frustrating time with injury problems, having missed the run-in of his side's promotion from the Championship last year with a broken foot.
He returned in September but required surgery on a separate ankle problem - which he has now recovered from - although the recent knee discomforts have provided another set-back.
And despite nearing a return to full fitness, his manager was keen to stress that his winger would not be rushed back into his side's relegation survival fight.
"He just gets an irritation to the patella tendon in his knees so he's having ongoing treatment and he'll be out for as long as it takes," McCarthy explained to the club's official website.
"For me to elaborate any more I probably wouldn't do it justice, but he has to get shut of that discomfort.
"He's been to see a specialist in Barcelona a few times for a quite aggressive treatment, so he's doing his best to get through it and then get back. We're not going to rush him back."