Wolves were today boosted by the availability of Sam Ricketts and Matt Doherty for tomorrow’s clash against Coventry – as Kenny Jackett put his entire squad on red alert.
The pair, ever-present in League One, had been doubts with respective knee and groin injuries but came through training yesterday.
Wolves face five games in 18 days and boss Jackett said: “We’ve got the squad together and said the team will undoubtedly change” said Jackett.
The next five games take us to the Carlisle match on Tuesday, November 5, and then it’s the FA Cup, so
Ricketts had an injection to address floating cartilage eight days ago and Doherty pulled out of Ireland Under-21s’ action after suffering a tight groin last Friday.
Head coach Jackett said: “They’re looking fine. We’re expecting them to have no further problems and hopefully they will be available.”
With Ricketts and Doherty available, Richard Stearman – who captained the team against Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – is expected to stand down, with Scott Golbourne reverting to left-back and Bakary Sako returning at left wing.
After two weeks without a league fixture, tomorrow’s visit of Coventry is the first of five matches in 18 days for Jackett’s squad.
Oldham are at Molineux next Tuesday followed by Bradford away on Saturday October 26, then Stevenage at home on November 2 and Carlisle away three days later.
“The next five games take us to the Carlisle match on Tuesday, November 5, and then it’s the FA Cup, so we’ve got the squad together and said the team will undoubtedly change,” said Jackett.
“There will be substitutions and we’ll perhaps change formation as well.
“The team I start with won’t be the side I finish with against Carlisle.
“But out of these five games we want a very good points total.
“The important thing for the group of 18 or 20 players is they focus on getting as many points as possible.”
Meanwhile, Jackett again expressed his desire to keep Kevin Doyle, who has been linked with a loan move to Championship pacesetters Burnley.
Jackett insisted: “We’ve had no contact at all from Burnley. I wouldn’t welcome it either.
“I understand it (speculation on players) is par for the course at a big club but it’s settled down quite well with Kevin.
“He’s made some key contributions. He played very well at Colchester and came on at half-time against Sheffield United and turned that game.
“I’m looking for his contribution and his leadership up front to continue.”