Blow for Wolves as Hunt may need surgery
Published 12:28 04/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Wolves have been hit with another blow in their bid for Premier League survival after Stephen Hunt was forced to see a specialist over his persistent groin injury.
Hunt has been dogged by the setback in recent weeks and the Republic of Ireland international pulled out of yesterday's training session.
Wolves boss Terry Connor is now waiting to discover whether the 30-year-old also needs surgery after midfielder Jamie O'Hara (hamstring) and defender Jody Craddock (groin) were ruled out for the rest of the season.
Connor said: "Stephen pulled out of training yesterday and he's seeing a specialist. It's the ongoing stuff with his groin.
"He felt it in training on Monday and, although he trained on Tuesday, the general consensus was that he should get it looked at.
"We feel the best thing is for the doctors to take another look and see if they can get to the root of the problem.
"I don't know if he will need surgery or not but it's clear something is still bothering him. Rather than keeping going, the best thing is to seek another medical opinion."
Hunt scored the crucial goal against Blackburn on the final day of last season which kept Wolves in the Barclays Premier League.
Meanwhile, Connor has insisted skipper Roger Johnson remains a key part of his plans after his spat with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during last weekend's clash with Bolton.
The duo squared up to each other during the 3-2 loss which left Wolves six points adrift at the foot of the league standings.
There has been speculation that Johnson does not see eye-to-eye with his team-mates but Connor, whose side visit Stoke on Saturday, said: "Roger is very much part of what we're doing.
"He's part of our team and has played the last two games. What happened was dealt with at half-time.
"Roger has been a positive influence in the dressing room."