McCarthy issues Kightly update

And Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is hopeful the 24-year-old will be

able to be part of the club’s pre-season trip to Ireland starting

on July 14. Kightly, signed from Grays Athletic for just

£20,000 in January 2007, played a major part in Wolves gaining

promotion back to the Premier League. His injury nightmare started

when he broke his foot in March 2009, and he returned last

September only to require ankle surgery which kept him out for two

months. He then suffered a patella problem and was sidelined for

the second half of the campaign, but has started work on an

anti-gravity treadmill to bolster his recovery. McCarthy is keen

for him to join up with the squad for the Ireland trip, which

includes a friendly with Bohemians on July 17, and the same applies

for left-back Stephen Ward, who is recovering after undergoing

clean-up surgery on a cartilage problem at the end of last season.

McCarthy said: “Michael is training on the ‘AlterG’ (anti gravity

treadmill). He’s doing his programme and that won’t be altered.

“He’ll have two weeks (rehabilitation work) before joining us and

it’s the same with Stephen Ward. They’ll be coming with us to

Ireland. We’re taking everyone.” Ward, who will be 25 in August,

was another McCarthy bargain capture from Bohemians for just

£100,000.