Wolves player apologises for refusing to play for the club but will he play again?

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Last Friday Wayne Hennessey refused to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, leaving them to play young Aaron McCarey instead

Wayne Hennessey has appeared for Wolves in 165 games and has been the first name on the team sheet in the last few years, becoming a key player for the club.

The club's second successive relegation last year led to many of the high wage earners at the club looking to move on.

Hennessey was one of those players but his situation was made harder by the fact he was still recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in April 2012 when Wolves were still in the Premier League.

New Wolves manager Kenny Jackett made players such as Jamie O'Hara, Karl Henry, and Roger Johnson available for transfer in order to try to get their wages off the bill. Hennessey's future was unclear however, and Carl Ikeme was installed as first choice goalkeeper.

He eventually moved on loan to Yeovil Town in the Championship and got some much needed games under his belt before returning to Wolves. When Ikeme broke his hand it looked like Hennessey would make his long-awaited return to the starting XI. However before the game with Gillingham last Friday, the Welsh international informed the club that he did not want to play in the game.

Wayne had been linked with a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace. He ruled himself out of contention for the match and young goalkeeper Aaron McCarey played in a game which Wolves lost 1-0 to a last minute goal from Cody McDonald.

Hennessey has now come out and apologised to the club for letting the fans, the manager and the team down. "I assumed that with the transfer speculation surrounding me it would make sense, both for me and the club, not to play in the game but I realise that I was wrong."

Perhaps Wayne thought he could get injured again and did not want to take that risk, or in actual fact that McCarey would be better prepared mentally for the game.

"For me now I just have to get my head down and get on with it and try and put it right," he said, "which is to carry on working hard - as I have done through all of my nine years at Wolves - and be available and ready for selection."

Wolves face a huge game on Saturday at home to fellow promotion rivals Preston North End, but it is unknown whether Hennessey will be starting the game.

The Guardian reported that Crystal Palace had their first offer rejected for the 'keeper but are expected to return with an improved bid.

 

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