Jamie O'Hara was back in the spotlight today as Kevin Doyle prepared to return for Wolves.
O’Hara trained alongside the first-team stars this afternoon but there was no suggestion that the exiled midfielder is back in boss Kenny Jackett’s thoughts.
Doyle was rested for Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Oldham – coming off the bench at the death for Leigh Griffiths as head coach Jackett opted to for an extra midfielder and ended Evans’ exile.
Evans was arguably the pick of Wolves’ three men in central midfield against the Latics. But Jackett admits the 19-year-old must get used to being used sparingly in his first season at Molineux.
And with the trip to west Yorkshire, the second of five matches in 17 days, Jackett is trying to look after Doyle to use him more in what is likely to be a stiffer test on Saturday.
“I felt tactically we needed an extra man in midfield against a very good passing side,” said Jackett.
“I also felt the build-up of games after playing twice for Ireland and on Saturday was a factor for Kevin. But Lee is 19 and is going to be in and out of the team – that’s the way things are at that age.
“So it was partly tactical to negate a good passing team and have the extra player in midfield for which I felt Lee had a very good performance in his first game for a while.”
Meanwhile, Jackett insisted no one can question Bakary Sako’s commitment to Wolves. The club’s management believes the French winger has been successfully re-integrated into the squad and is fully focused on the task of helping Wolves to promotion following his on-off transfer saga with Nottingham Forest.
“I don’t think anyone can question his commitment when he’s worn the Wolves shirt and he’s been excellent,” said the boss.
“He’s contributed well so far and again made some telling assists for us which have helped us take the points."
“He also had a good season last year in an ultimately disappointing one for the club.
“Since I’ve been here he’s contributed very well and been committed.”