Michael Kightly has been left out of Wolves 25-man Premier League squad after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.
Kightly, sidelined since last November, has been experiencing problems with his patella tendons, and manager Mick McCarthy admits the 24-year-old winger will not be ready to play top-flight football until the new year.
He told the club’s official website: “We are just going to let Kights get on with it.
“He’s still not quite ready to come back and there’s no pressure on him – it will take as long as it takes. There’s no time limit on it either.
“When he is fit, he won’t have played since last November and it would be very difficult in that situation to go straight back into the Premier League.
“So when he is ready, we’ll be able to discuss with him the possibility of going out on loan, which he can do before we have the chance to revise the squad in January.”