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Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is currently in exile at Wolves. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is currently in exile at Wolves. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is currently in exile at Wolves. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Doyle's career is back in limbo after the Irish international was once again frozen out of the Wolves first-team squad by Kenny Jackett.

Omitted from Wanderers' 18-man selection for Saturday's game against Blackpool, Doyle is on the lookout for a new club, having returned to Molineux only last week from an unsuccessful loan spell at Crystal Palace.

Contracted until June, where his £40,000-a-week salary makes him the club's top earner, Doyle is Jackett's fifth-choice striker. And while the Wolves manager has refrained from publicly admitting that the 31-year-old is surplus to requirements, Doyle's omission from Saturday's team-sheet spoke volumes.

"Kevin is back training with us and will work away professionally as he always does," said Jackett. "There has been no contact from any other club."

But soon there will be. Middlesbrough are monitoring affairs, as are Ipswich, managed by Doyle's former mentor Mick McCarthy. Yet while McCarthy admires the player, he knows they can offer to pay only £5,000 of Doyle's salary and it's unlikely Wolves would subsidise 87.5pc of his wages at one of their promotion rivals.

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"There are a number of issues to consider," admitted McCarthy. "He is out of our league in terms of his salary. That's the first thing. Secondly, Jez Moxey, the chief executive at Wolves is a good pal of mine. So I don't think there is much chance of it happening."

Elsewhere, Richard Dunne's groin injury is not considered to be serious, allaying fears the former Irish international had suffered a recurrence of the problem which nearly ended his career. QPR substituted Dunne at half-time during Saturday's defeat to Manchester United, prompting fears he had torn his groin muscle. Instead, their decision was precautionary and the Dubliner is expected to be available for Saturday week's Premier League trip to Stoke City.

In the meantime, Dunne has been firefighting on his manager's behalf, after speculation mounted that Harry Redknapp's job was unsafe.

"We know the manager, trust him, see him at work every day and we know he has not changed one bit," said Dunne. "He is still doing his job and we are all 100pc behind him. We are still confident we can stay up."

Elsewhere, 20-year-old Dubliner Darragh Lenihan scored the first league goal of his career on Saturday, when he found the net for promotion-chasing Burton in their 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.

An employee of Blackburn's, Lenihan joined Burton on loan in October and has featured 10 times for the second-placed side in League Two.

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