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Michael Kightly still has future with Wolves

Michael Kightly
Michael Kightly has hit 20 goals in his 102 appearances with Wolves

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy still has faith in Molineux favourite Michael Kightly, despite leaving the winger out of his 25-man Premier League squad.

The luckless Kightly has been plagued by injury for the last year, suffering a broken foot, an ankle problem and then a knee injury.

But, despite having now been without Kightly since last November, McCarthy insists he remains a part of his plans.

"It will take as long as it takes, and there's no time limit on it," he said.

"When he's ready we'll be able to discuss the possibility of going out on loan, which he can do before we have a chance to revise the squad in January," McCarthy told the club website.

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Kightly's battle with injuries has been the one big downside for Wolves since their return to the top flight under McCarthy in May 2009.

The young Londoner, for whom McCarthy paid just £75,000 when he joined Wolves from non-league Grays Athletic in 2007, was a star turn in the three seasons that it eventually took to earn promotion.

But, since Wolves came up, Kightly, now 24, has made just three Premier League starts.

McCarthy has included summer signing Stephen Hunt, who is set to be out until October after recovering from foot surgery, along with new recruit Marcus Bent.

Having now joined the 14th club of his career, the deadline day loan signing from Birmingham City insists he can still make an impact at the highest level - at the age of 32.

I might be one of the older members of the squad here but I can still get better

New Wolves signing Marcus Bent

"Once you stop believing in yourself you might as well hang up your boots," he said.

"As a footballer, you try and push yourself every day to achieve more and more.

"I'll never stop learning. I might be one of the older members of the squad here but I can still get better.

"I am sure the boys will teach me some stuff and hopefully I can teach them some stuff."



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