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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 17:00 GMT
Kightly could face Christmas out
Michael Kightly
Michael Kightly could miss all Wolves' four Christmas games
Wolves are expecting to have to face Christmas without Michael Kightly.

The England under-21 winger has already missed five games with torn ankle ligaments, which he suffered in the derby draw with West Brom last month.

"Kites might be another couple of weeks yet," Wolves manager Mick McCarthy told the Express and Star.

Meanwhile McCarthy is hoping that captain Jody Craddock will now be fit to return after four games out with a groin problem.

Michael Kightly scored eight goals in 26 games last season. This term he has netted three in 19.
Wolves have conceded fewer goals (19) than any team in the Championship.
Only three teams in the Championship (Leicester, Norwich and QPR) have scored less goals.

While Craddock is expected to be fit for the televised visit of struggling Leicester City this Saturday, it is expected that Kightly will miss all four games over the festive period.

"We do miss a lot with him being out, because he drags the ball up the field and takes people on," McCarthy added.

"Perhaps we havenít got that at the moment but against QPR we created the chances, we just couldnít finish them."

Weíre not prolific. If we were weíd be further up the league

Mick McCarthy

"People think ĎItís QPRí but, if you look at the league, itís so close.

"We knew it would be tough and it was one of those games where Iíll take the draw and the point. We certainly didnít want to lose again having lost the two prior."

"Weíve only scored 20 goals. Weíre not prolific. If we were weíd be further up the league.

"But weíre just continuing to strive to improve our goalscoring record, weíll do it on the training ground and by getting players into positions where they can score.

"Itís not that we donít create chances, because we do. Itís not because we try and be defensive in games because we donít either.

"I donít think itís a physchological thing for the team."

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