International break has given Wolves boss selection headache

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Kenny Jackett is waiting on Mali stars Bakary Sako and Noucha Dicko before deciding whether they will feature this weekend.

The duo, who have played all five games for Championship high fliers Wolves this season, are due back in the early hours of Friday morning, with a trip to Blackpool awaiting on Saturday.

However, with their African Nations Cup qualifier tonight, there is a good chance that the pair will return tired, and head coach Jackett may finally have to name a different starting 11 - having chosen an unchanged first-team during their impressive start to the season.

Lee Evans has also been a key component of that unchanged 11, and he is due back in training on Thursday, having been away with the Wales Under-21 squad.

With the possibility of Sako and Dicko not being available, Jackett told the Express and Star that he expects whoever comes in to replace them will have to know exactly what is needed of them, so that they are able to play at a similar level to the first-teamers.

“Sako and Dicko will be available for the Blackpool game,” the former Watford midfielder said. “But I don’t need to make a decision until Friday morning when we’ve seen how people are from watching them.

“If something happens tonight or there’s tiredness then we need look at other people.

“Even if I play them on Saturday, Tuesday night at Charlton will come very quickly.

“So the other guys have to be ready to make sure that when they do come in, they’re of a similar standard to those going out.

“It’s my job to make sure these guys know exactly what’s needed.

“We play Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday and then we have an eight-day gap before Reading away.

“It’s three games in eight days but it’s early in the season and they will probably be alright.

“But you have to make sure players know exactly what’s needed if you have to make that change.”

With the intense fixture turnaround in the Championship, being a good manager requires good knowledge of when to implement your best players, without fearing that they will burn-out. If Jackett can add this skill to his repertoire, he has all the talents to take his Wolves squad back into the Premier League.

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