Kenny Jackett has informed the Express & Star as to why Kevin McDonald and Nathan Byrne haven’t been named in any of Wolves’ recent matchday squads. Jackett confirmed both are fit and able to play, but are simply out of favour.

The former Millwall boss was also keen to point out that neither have broken any club disciplinary rules, as it is simply a footballing decision not to select either of them.

It is highly-likely that McDonald will leave Molineux this summer, with recently crowned Scottish Championship title winners Rangers said to be showing an interest. Byrne arrived at the club from Swindon Town with a big reputation, but hasn’t played since March 19th. He did enjoy a spell of five straight starts earlier this season, but was soon back out of the team.

The Wolves head coach said that both players continue to work hard in training but there are other players ahead of them in the pecking order of their respective positions,

“Both are fit and available and have no problems with their attitude, or their training.

“For Nathan Byrne – James Henry and Jed Wallace have been my preferred options on the right hand side.

“For Kevin, it’s been a combination of Jack Price, George Saville, Conor Coady or Dave Edwards in midfield.”

Although Wolves remain in mid-table with nothing to play for, both players don’t seem set for a return to the team or even the bench any time soon. Jackett insists both players have been told to keep working hard and try to win back their places,

“Those players have just edged ahead of them – it hasn’t been anything that they’ve done.

“They haven’t necessarily done anything wrong, and I’ve told them that.

“Their determination now to battle back is important.”

The fact that both are struggling to earn a place despite the seemingly endless list of injuries that the Wolves squad has suffered from is anything but a positive sign for both McDonald and Byrne.


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