Stephen Hunt broke his foot playing for Hull against West Ham in February
Stephen Hunt believes he can make an immediate impact as he finally prepares to make his debut for Wolves on Saturday - four months after he signed.
Hunt, bought from Hull City in June, has spent almost eight months out of action with a broken foot, suffered playing for the Tigers in February.
But he came through 45 minutes against Wigan on Tuesday in Wolves' reserves.
And, after four defeats in a row, he is itching to play in the Molineux battle of the bottom two against West Ham.
The 22-times capped Republic of Ireland midfield man is unlikely to start, but Wolves manager Mick McCarthy could choose to name him on the bench against the Hammers.
And that would add a touch of irony, given that it was against West Ham that Hunt suffered his injury in a 3-0 defeat at Upton Park in late February.
"Hopefully, come Saturday, I'll get some minutes under my belt and we'll see how we go," Hunt told BBC WM.
"The adrenalin that you get in a first-team game is better than a reserve game and there's no better place to get your fitness levels up than at three o'clock on a Saturday.
"I'm no Pele or Maradona but, if I'm back, then that's obviously a bonus."
Hunt, who joined Wolves from relegated Hull in June for an undisclosed fee, is known for being one of football's more combative players. And he is confident that his game will not be affected by a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
"If I don't tackle and I don't make things happen, that's not me," said Hunt.
"The foot is a little bit weaker than the other one, but at the same time that doesn't stop me going in for challenges."
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