Molineux boss picks his Premier League squad.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has left Michael Kightly out of his 25-man squad for the Premier League after the winger encountered a setback.
All Premier League clubs must submit their list of 25 players by 5pm on Wednesday and McCarthy is ‘delighted’ with the options at his disposal.
However, he will make do without the services of Kightly during the first half of the season as the 24-year-old continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Kightly has been experiencing problems with his patella tendons and could eventually be loaned out before returning to Wolves’ plans in January.
“We’re just going to let Kights get on with it,” McCarthy told the club’s official website.
“He’s still not quite ready to come back and there’s no pressure on him – it will take as long as it takes. There’s no time limit on it either.
McCarthy, who can call on players under the age of 21, added: “I am delighted with the squad I’ve got at my disposal.
“Now we’ve got the 25 sorted we can crack on without any interruptions until January.”
Wolves’ 25-man squad: Marcus Hahnemann, Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, Kevin Foley, Ronald Zubar, Richard Stearman, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Steven Mouyokolo, George Elokobi, Stephen Ward, Jelle Van Damme, Karl Henry, David Jones, Michael Mancienne, Dave Edwards, Greg Halford, Nenad Milijas, Adlene Guedioura, Matt Jarvis, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Marcus Bent. (Sky Sports)
Whilst it makes good sense to leave out Michael Kightly he must still be a little surprised by his omission from the Wolves squad. The talented midfielder was influential in getting the club back in the top tier but was then sidelined for much of last term but should be back to full fitness long before January.
Mick McCarthy will have thought long and hard about this decision and it will be a similar situation all over the country as managers look to get to grips with the Premier League regulations.