Nouha Dicko fit to resume action for Wolves

Wolves are confident much-missed Nouha Dicko will be fully-fit to resume action – after giving him the green light to star for Mali.


The four-goal striker has travelled with Bakary Sako to join up with the Mali squad for their African Nations Cup qualifiers against Malawi and Algeria on Saturday and Wednesday respectively.

Dicko missed the last three Wolves games with tight hamstrings but was an unused substitute for the 5-0 defeat at Derby.

But he is set to be fit for the visit of Nottingham Forest a week on Saturday.

Mali, who are second in Group B, need four points from their final two qualifiers to reach the finals.

The location of the finals is in doubt after hosts Morocco were expelled for withdrawing due to the Ebola crisis.

Nouha Dicko of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-0 against Middlesbrough.
Nouha Dicko of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-0 against Middlesbrough.

A new host nation is expected to be chosen in the next day or so.

"Dicko has travelled with the Mali squad so he should be fit for Forest," said head coach Kenny Jackett.

"He passed every fitness test on Friday but it was a bit of a risk putting him substitute.

"But we also knew come the middle of this week he'd be 100 per cent fit when Mali train.

"If there had been a league game this Saturday he'd have been able to play.

"So he felt working well towards Saturday he'd be 100 per cent."

Nouha Dicko
Nouha Dicko

Jackett will assess both players when they return.

"I know them both well enough that they'll give me an honest assessment," he said.

"The good thing is we've got a home game so they're not going halfway around the world then having to get on a coach to go to the other end of the country.

"I'll watch the games and speak to the players a week on Friday.

"Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako have been key players.

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"Even when Dicko's come on as sub he's changed things, and Sako's been a good player."

Meanwhile Crystal Palace Neil Warnock said there is no chance of Dwight Gayle being loaned out after he was linked with Wolves.

"Dwight is going nowhere because he's far too important," said Warnock.

"Dwight is second behind Fraizer Campbell, but it's no surprise to me we've had interest from three or four Championship clubs."

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