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Wolves lose Craddock and Kightly until January

Wolves have suffered an injury setback after veteran defender Jody Craddock was ruled out until the new year while winger Michael Kightly faces further knee surgery.

Craddock had been pencilled in to return to full training this week after missing eight games with a hip and thigh setback suffered against West Ham in the middle of October.

But he started to suffer further discomfort and another scan has shown the injuries are worst than first feared.

The 35-year-old -- Wolves' player of the year for last season -- will be sidelined for another six to eight weeks.

Kightly has already had a lengthy spell out of action after knee surgery but he now needs another operation, on the other knee, to relieve inflammation of his patella tendon.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said: "Jody is going to be out for quite a while. It could be six to eight weeks.

"It's still his hip and thigh that is the problem. It's been bothering him so he's had it scanned again and there's a tear in it.

"He's got to have some treatment on it but it's far worse than we thought.

"It's a big blow for us and for him as well. He was playing really well before this setback."

Kightly will have his latest surgery on December 12.

McCarthy said: "The knee he's had done is great so he's having the other one done."

The only consolation is that skipper Karl Henry will be available sooner than anticipated after suffering medial knee ligament damage against Blackpool.

It was feared the midfielder could be unavailable for two months.

But McCarthy said: "Karl is more likely to be out for four to six weeks from when he did it as opposed to six to eight weeks."