Bakary Sako was today confirmed to return to action for Wolves against Coventry on Saturday – as Kenny Jackett insisted the winger will not attempt to resurrect his transfer to Nottingham Forest.
The £4m-rated forward pulled on a gold shirt for the first time since his move to Forest collapsed 12 days ago when he lined up against Notts County in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Compton this lunchtime.
Head coach Jackett arranged the game with a view to re-introducing the 25-year-old for Saturday’s visit of the Sky Blues after his recovery from illness.
“Yes, Sako will be involved at the weekend,” confimed Jackett.
“He needs to get back to playing. He looked sharp in training. He’s certainly fully focused and looking forward to this run of games.”
Jackett had another long chat with Sako and the head coach insists the winger, who returned to France for a few days at the end of the week, will not agitate for a move.
“He says he wants to put the Nottingham Forest episode behind him,” said Jackett.
“Whether it resurfaces again, who knows? But if it does, it will be from their end.
“He’s of a mindset now that he’s going to concentrate on Wolves and if anything happens now, it will happen off his own good play. Those are his words, not mine.”
Jackett stressed the loan window means that as a League One club, Wolves must learn to live with Championship clubs preying on their stars.
“It has been a feature of the first few months of the season of who’s coming in for our players,” he said.
“If someone is that outstanding for a Championship club, the Premier League can take players until the end of the window. Being a League One club, we’re open to Championship clubs all the way through the season.”
Dave Edwards also faced the Magpies, along with George Elokobi, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Jake Cassidy.
Jackett hinted that Edwards may have to settle for a bit-part role at the moment.
“He’s 100 per cent fit but Dave’s best position and formation is an attacking midfield player in a 4-3-3, if we need to switch to that, which at times we may need to,” he said.
“And yes, he’d come into my thinking.”