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Wolves winger Michael Kightly faces eight-week lay-off

Michael Kightly receives treatment during the game
Kightly was forced off during the first half of Sunday's game

Wolves' Michael Kightly is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines after boss Mick McCarthy revealed the winger is likely to need an ankle operation.

The 23-year-old saw a specialist after being forced off in the 66th minute of Sunday's loss to Birmingham, just 35 minutes after coming on as replacement.

The scans have indicated Kightly will have to go under the knife.

McCarthy told the club's website: "It looks like he'll need an operation which would be six to eight weeks out."

The injury is a blow to the club and the player, who has been in good form recently after missing the start of the season following hip and foot surgery.

However McCarthy admits this injury is not as bad as it could have been.


"The way he went over and rolled his ankle, apparently he's quite lucky and it could have been worse," he said.

"We've not really had Michael at his full potential yet and Sunday was the first time we'd maybe seen that and then he picks up a new injury.

"It's really disappointing for him because he wants to play and he thought he was somewhere at it.

"He was really down about it all but he's brightened up because it looks like being six to eight weeks. That's almost good news in terms of what could have happened."

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see also
Wolves 0-1 Birmingham
29 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Kightly will miss start of season
29 Jul 09 |  Wolves

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