Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today defended his decision to allow Leigh Griffiths to return to Scotland after the nine-goal top scorer was left doubtful for tomorrow’s visit of Stevenage.
Griffiths failed to train yesterday after being laid low with a heavy cold following the trip to spend a few days with his family in Edinburgh.
“He was due some time off to go back to Scotland to see his children, which was always pre-planned at this time before Christmas,” said Jackett.
“He can’t always do that every week or all of the time.
“You do need rules but we’re also dealing with human beings.
“And if you get back a level of commitment, you can be more flexible with people.”
Jackett added: “Rather than him going up there for one day or an afternoon, I’d rather give him three or four days where he can spend some time with them and then come back here and concentrate on his football.”
Jackett said he wanted Griffiths to be training while he was away after the striker arranged to rejoin his old team-mates at Hibernian.