Bakary Sako was today urged to forget his on-off transfer to Nottingham Forest and focus again on getting Wolves promoted.
Wolves are using the two-week break between League One fixtures to give the French winger time and space to clear his head after his move to Forest collapsed at the end of last week.
And Sako won’t be involved in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second-round visit of Notts County.
The 25-year-old is still not fully fit after being laid low by a stomach bug which kept him out of last Thursday’s training session and Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colchester.
Now head coach Kenny Jackett is working on getting him fit and ready for the visit of Coventry a week on Saturday.
“It’s important now he gets himself mentally and physically right to keep pursuing our goal which is to get promoted this season,” said Jackett.
“He’s scored five goals this season which is a good return for a wideman and I’d want that to continue.
“Now with the breakdown of the talks between the clubs, so does he.”
Jackett believes Sako hasn’t been affected by the speculation when he’s played.
“He’s missed two games but in the other eight he’s made a major contribution, so there’s your context really,” he said.
Jackett met Sako for extensive talks when the squad returned to Compton for a warm-down on Sunday.
“His view is he’s been very happy at Wolves and everyone’s been very good to him,” said the boss.
“Will Forest come back? I really don’t know.
“We were talking about his illness and the fact we want him 100 per cent fit by the time a very important set of games comes up.”
Of Sako’s illness, Jackett revealed: “He’s had sickness and diarrhoea and a certain amount of cold sores.
“He’s been pretty down and we have to make sure he doesn’t get injured because his immune system is slightly low.
“But we have enough time to build him up – we were in touch with the doctors yesterday afternoon and he’s going to be OK in a couple of days.
“I’m not going to push him to come back for this game.”
Jackett added: “Maybe it’s a bit of everything – it was an intense build-up to the transfer window closing, nothing happened, it settled down and Forest came back in again but again there was no agreement.”