Edwards relishing Wolves return

Edwards is set to resume training over the weekend after missing

the last two games – at home to Norwich and Stoke – with a groin

injury suffered against Manchester United at Old Trafford a

fortnight ago. That ended a seven-game run for Edwards after

previously being side-lined for several months with a hereditary

back problem which almost forced him to quit the game. But now he

is optimistic of returning against Arsenal on Tuesdat as Mick

McCarthy’s side look to stay clear of the bottom three. Edwards

said: “It was a little groin strain which I had a little trouble

with the week before. It was quite tight, but I trained on the

Thursday and the Friday and felt good enough to play. “Then I hit a

pass after 20 minutes at United and felt it go a little bit and,

because of previous problems I’ve had with my groins, I knew I’d

better go off. “A year or 18 months ago, I’d have perhaps carried

on and tried to run it off. I know my body a lot better now so I

knew it was best to go off and miss two games rather than six or

seven. “It’s getting a lot better. I’ve done some rehab and now I’m

looking to train over the weekend and, if I can come through that,

then I’ll be available for selection for the Arsenal game.” Edwards

is itching to return to action after missing the two home games. He

said: “I really enjoy playing at Molineux in front of our fans,

especially against teams around us. I love it when it’s a bit of a

battle. “I was really disappointed to miss the Stoke and Norwich

games, but hopefully I’ve resolved the issue quite quickly and

nipped it in the bud and I’ll be fit now for the rest of the

season. “I could perhaps have pushed to play on Tuesday and be

involved against Norwich but it was still nagging me a bit, so we

decided to leave it to make sure I’m fully fit.” Edwards added: “It

was great to get a run of games in the team and, with every match,

I was getting more confident and feeling very strong in my body.

“It was frustrating to have to come out again. Now I have to fight

for my place again now but hopefully I can get in the team and stay

there.” McCarthy felt his decision to recall Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

and leave out fellow striker Kevin Doyle against Norwich in

mid-week was justified. Ebanks-Blake scored Wolves’ opening goal in

a 2-2 draw and is likely to again partner Steven Fletcher against

Arsenal. McCarthy said: “It’s always a tough call leaving out

players who give you such honesty and integrity and a guy in Doyle

who is so humble about his ability. “He’s a super lad who is low

maintenance and I love him to bits, but he has just been having a

tough time and hasn’t been scoring (he has only two goals this

season). “I’ve got someone like Sylvan who’s got that ability to

get a goal and have to give him a game – and he got a goal. “It’s

never easy to make a decision like that but I felt it was the right

one to make.”