Top marksman Sylvan Ebanks-Blake looks set to make his return to action for Wolves in time for tomorrow’s home clash with Queen’s Park Rangers after shrugging off his niggling hamstring strain.
The 24-goal man, who is on course for the Coca-Cola Championship’s Golden Boot award for the second successive season, has missed the last three games first, with a calf strain and then the hamstring.
But he trained yesterday at an open Wolves’ session in front of the fans at Molineux and is now back in contention for Mick McCarthy’s forward line alongside Andy Keogh and Sam Vokes.
Ebanks-Blake said: “It’s been a hard couple of weeks just trying to get fit and back up to speed but hopefully I have come through and I’ll be back in the fold.
“I’d recovered from the calf injury but pulled my hamstring in training before the Birmingham game.
“It’s been a case of taking time out to make sure we get it completely right but it feels good.”
The former Manchester United academy star said he was desperate to play his part in the last three games after his contributions all season.
“I would like to think after coming through training that this will give the gaffer a nice selection problem,” the 23-year-old said.
“But I’m sure he’d sooner have that one than the different headache of not having enough players to select from.
“We’ll just have to see what happens.”
The England Under-21 striker knows a win over QPR and defeat to Birmingham at Watford would guarantee his side promotion and the Championship title but Ebanks-Blake insists it will be business as usual if he plays.
“I love playing football and love playing games and that’s what I want to do between now and the end of the season,” he said.
“I want to finish on a high. It’s up to the manager but either way I’ll just keep very professional and get on with the job.”
Ebanks-Blake says he understands those players like Keogh and Vokes – who have covered in his absence – have played vital roles and made it harder for him to walk back in.
“I’ve always said that this is a very good squad but it’s improved since I’ve been here and you need a good squad through the course of a season and that’s come to light with us.
“We’ve needed a squad and players who’ve maybe not played as many games to then step up and do the business and they have.
“Keogh’s come in and done that, Matt Jarvis has come back in after his injury, and people have stepped up to the plate and made important contributions in big games as well. That just shows just how strong a squad we’ve got.”
The former Plymouth striker added: “It is very close now. We are in a great position but we’ve got to finish the job.
“What a position to be in with three games to go when we only need to match up other results whether it’s win, lose or draw!
“You can’t ask for any more than that but we’ll be trying to get the job done in style by winning every one.”