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Hunt ready for Wolves comeback

STEPHEN HUNT should be back in action with Wolves within two weeks after making good progress in his recovery from injury, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The 31-year-old (below) has not played for his club since September as he was forced to undergo surgery on a hip problem, and since he has been absent his club have replaced manager Stale Solbakken with new boss Dean Saunders.

But the new manager has praised Hunt's attitude and Saunders said he expected to see Hunt back in full training today, with a possible return to first team action in a fortnight. "He's ready to train now. He'll be on the pitch ready to start training on Monday," Saunders said yesterday.

"He hasn't played for such a long time so he needs to build up his sharpness. He'll probably take two or three weeks."

Meanwhile, Derby County boss Nigel Clough is expecting great things from Irish striker Conor Sammon for the rest of the season.

Dubliner Sammon, who was watched by Giovanni Trapattoni in Derby's Championship draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday, has linked up well with fellow striker Jamie Ward and Clough is happy with his front pair.

"Conor's work rate won the ball," said Clough.

"He closed down brilliantly, took the ball, ran at the central defenders and then played a perfect pass. I don't think Jamie had to break his stride before he side-footed it in.

"It showed once again that there's a partnership between them. Hopefully, it will continue to blossom and we'll see more of it in the second half of the season."