Wolves were today handed a double boost as Kevin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths returned to training before Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United.#
Doyle has been the biggest doubt with a thigh strain that kept him out of the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury last weekend after being injured late on last week.
Griffiths limped off with an ankle knock after just over an hour of the Shrews match. Head coach Kenny Jackett said this afternoon: “We think Kevin should be OK for the weekend and Leigh should be fine as well.
“Kevin and Leigh, who were carrying injuries, are 100 per cent fit.”
Meanwhile, Jackett today kicked off the countdown to the United showdown by warning of the League One pitfalls. The collision of the two biggest clubs at this level at Molineux is a reminder of how things don’t always go to plan, with the Blades the third tier’s bridesmaids.
United missed out in the play-off semi-finals last season to eventual winners Yeovil, a year after blowing the title then losing at Wembley in the final against Huddersfield.
Wolves are looking to go straight back up after relegation from the Championship, a fate the Blades suffered in 2011.
The hangover of those near-misses appear to have spilled over into this campaign, with David Weir’s side currently third bottom after five straight league defeats. And Jackett has warned there is no promotion guarantee to big clubs in League One.
“They’re a genuinely big club and their expectation level is big,” said Jackett.
“Looking what’s happened to them in the last couple of years shows you how hard it is to get out of this division.
“This is their third season at League One level, but they’ve been very close to going up. A couple of years ago, the Chad Evans court case perhaps made a big difference.
“Sheffield Wednesday went up in their place, just at the end of the season after Sheffield United had been setting the pace for most of the season.”