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Kightly ready for Wolves start
01 Oct 2009 - 12:51:56
Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Michael Kightly is hopeful of being handed a first Premier League start of the season in this weekend's clash with Portsmouth.
The 23-year-old has appeared as a substitute in Wolves' last two league games, having been sidelined in the opening weeks of the campaign by hip and foot problems.
Kightly told the Express & Star: "I'm ready, I feel I'm getting there and minutes can only help me. I felt okay on Sunday and it will be nice to start.
"I did alright against Manchester United and Sunderland, so we'll see what the gaffer wants to do.
"I understand I'm not going to walk straight back into the team, but I want to push to start games."
Meanwhile, defender Richard Stearman is expected to return to action after a leg injury, but striker Chris Iwelumo is not quite ready as he continues his recovery from foot and knee injuries.
Iwelumo said: "I haven't put any date on it, but hopefully the gaffer throws me in at the deep end and I can be involved.
"The injury feels fine and now I'm just going to work on all the little things, get my fitness right and hopefully take it by storm.
"I've trained with the first team for three days and I've done a few days with the young boys as well."