Stephen Hunt will finally return to action when he plays for Wolves in their reserve team clash with Wigan next Tuesday.

Hunt has been out of action since boss Mick McCarthy signed him from Hull last June but the Wolves boss knew the midfielder would be unavailable until October because of surgery on a foot injury he sustained in January while playing for Hull against Wolves.

"The surgeon was pretty much spot on with his prediction of how long I was going to be out for," Hunt told the club's official website. "No matter how you try to speed things up, it was obviously going to heal in its own time."

He continued: "And you tend to get little niggles in the rest of your body when you have been out for so long so its just a matter of getting rid of all of them and getting over it.

"It's been frustrating because you want to be involved but I knew that I couldn't be and in a strange way, because of that, it still feels like I'm a Hull player as I haven't been on the pitch yet for Wolves.

"But once I've got two or three games under my belt I know I'll begin to feel a bit more settled and will be able to get used to the surroundings at Molineux.

"The medical staff here have been spot on with everything I need in terms of treatment and rehab - they have been top quality and I think they are amongst the best in England with their set up."

Hunt admitted it will be a matter of days before he starts playing again.

"I've trained every day this week. I've had a few niggles, a few aches and pains, but nothing serious and when I have built-up my full body strength, then hopefully they will have disappeared by then.

"The foot feels great now - probably better than from when I got the injury. So it's about building up my speed and I will be doing that in training and in the reserves."

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