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Wolves handed a treble boost

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Wolves were today handed a treble fitness boost for Sunday's Midlands derby against Leicester – opening up a dilemma at right-back.

Wolves were today handed a treble fitness boost for Sunday's Midlands derby against Leicester – opening up a dilemma at right-back.

Boss Stale Solbakken expects to have Kevin Foley, Razak Boukari and Bjorn Sigurdarson fit for the lunchtime televised visit of the Foxes. Foley hasn't kicked a ball this season because of a knee injury, while new signings Boukari (hamstring) and Sigurdarson (back) were minor casualties who missed the 3-1 defeat at Cardiff before the international break.

The return of the trio comes hot on the heels of a positive bulletin on goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who has been given the all-clear to step up his training and should play in the next six weeks, as reported in later editions of yesterday's Express & Star.

Solbakken said: "Foley's 100 per cent. He came through the practice game and he can start fighting for his place.

"Sigurdarson is back in business, Razak completed half of yesterday's training session at 100 per cent.

"He feels a bit insecure about it, but it's going in the right direction. I think he'll be OK for Sunday."

Ronald Zubar endured an uncomfortable afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium after giving away an early penalty, and Solbakken hinted he will rotate his right-backs with Wolves approaching a glut of fixtures.

"We've got seven games in 21 days and it won't be the same right-back who plays in all of those," he said. "We need competition there.

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"The concern (about Zubar) was after the game, not before. He knows he made a stupid error with the penalty, but he must come back strongly."

Asked if Zubar will keep his place, the Norwegian said: "You will know one hour before kick off.

"I haven't decided on the team yet because players are coming back from internationals."

Solbakken is relieved to have a virtually fully-fit squad after the upheaval of the transfer window. Now he wants the players to gel on the pitch.

"We need to strengthen our competition for places and make sure our most creative players are available," he said. "We need to make relationships on the pitch between the players and make sure players understand each other better."

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