Kightly closing in on return

The former Grays player was laid low with ankle and knee problems

for the majority of the campaign. But Kightly is now approaching

full fitness ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener with Stoke.

Mick McCarthy said: “Kightly is doing very well. He’ll start

stepping into training with the lads this week. “He will do a

couple of sessions with the football for 30 minutes. “He will be

like a new player for us, because we hardly used him at all last

year.” McCarthy is continuing to monitor the fitness of striker

Kevin Doyle who is currently with the Republic of Ireland ahead of

Wednesday’s friendly international with Argentina. Doyle missed the

weekend friendly clash against Athletic Bilbao after suffering a

kick to his calf against Hearts four days earlier. Wolves record

signing top-scored with nine goals last season. Defender Ronald

Zubar is already doubtful for the Stoke clash with a groin injury.