Steve Kemp: It is the sensible decision
The 25-man-squad was presented by Wolves today and it looks like this:
Jelle Van Damme
The only surprise on the list was that Michael Kightly is off the list. The reasons for this given by the Wolves administration are compelling. Mick McCarthy took the descision after listening to the medical department about the recovery of Kightly. Medical chief Steve Kemp says to the official Wolves site:
“it’s the “sensible decision. This is a very complex injury as has been proved by the case of other players. The key factor is not to rush a player back and we’ve taken our time with Kights. He was progressing well but unfortunately has now suffered a minor setback.”
“Rather than trying to carry on and push him back too quickly we have taken the sensible option of pulling him out of training and taking more time so than when he is right he’ll definitely be 100 per cent. It’s not a major setback, it’s understandable and expected from this type of rehab. He’s having time to settle down and then we’ll start progressing him again.”
“With the new ruling about the 25-man squad, rather than trying to get him back to Premier League football in a certain timespan,the gaffer, having spoken to us, has decided to take the pressure off by leaving him out for now. And the plan would be to get some loan football before he looks to get back into the Premier League again.“
It makes sense and it is not that dramatic, as we all knew that the injury Kightly has is nasty and hard to get rid of.
Perhaps some lucky club in the Championship will take advantage of the skills of Kightly in November or December and he himself will gain match fitness and strength to fight his way into the Wolves squad in January.