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Wolves winger Michael Kightly to undergo knee surgery

Michael Kightly
Kightly has scored 21 goals in 102 appearances for Wolves

Wolves winger Michael Kightly will have surgery in Sweden in a bid to cure his persistent knee problem.

The 24-year-old has been out for nearly a year after damaging patella tendons while recovering from an ankle injury.

He is pinning his hopes on the operation - likely to take place on Thursday - which will be performed by a world-renowned Swedish surgeon.

Kightly told the Wolves website: "We've decided to try something different to try to speed up my recovery."

The player, signed from non-league Grays Athletic, picked up the ankle problem during the game with Birmingham in November, which led to the knee trouble.

Kightly said: "On a couple of occasions I've actually stepped up my rehab and got close to getting back, only to not quite make it. So I'm going to have the operation to try and push my recovery on.

"There's still no timescale on my recovery but I'm feeling positive and hoping that this will help me complete it."

Head of Wolves' medical department Steve Kemp said: "The patella tendon can be such a troublesome injury, as some other high profile professional athletes will [testify] and we have tried to avoid surgery up until now.

"The conservative rehab has got us so far, but we are unable to get him to the level required for Premier League football.

"The surgeon in Sweden is a specialist in tendon management who is world-renowned in his field."

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