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Wolves must cope without Hunt

Stephen Hunt

Wolves winger Stephen Hunt has undergone groin surgery and manager Terry Connor expects him to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

The Republic of Ireland international has been troubled by the setback in recent weeks and it relates back to a hernia operation he underwent 14 months ago.

Wolves are hopeful the former Hull player will be able to resume light training next week and return to first-team contention later in the month.

Connor said: "Stephen looks like he will be out for two to three weeks so I think he'll be back before the end of the season. It's always touch and go but the medical people are quite optimistic that he'll be back within two to three weeks."

Steve Kemp, who is head of the club's medical department, said: "Stephen underwent minor surgery this morning to address problems he had been having relating to the hernia he suffered last year.

"The surgery was extremely successful and, even within a few hours post surgery, Stephen is reporting alleviation of some of the symptoms he'd been suffering.

"We're confident the operation will resolve all the issues and, providing all goes well, Stephen should be able to return to some form of training by the end of next week.

"That will give him a good chance of being available for Wolves for the majority of the rest of the season as well as being available for selection for Ireland for the European Championships."

Connor wants his players to focus purely on trying to avoid relegation rather than being distracted by potential moves should the club be relegated. The likes of Wayne Hennessey, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher would be among potential candidates to leave if Wolves go down.

But Connor said: "All the players play for this football club for the next seven games. Anything else, don't think about it. After the next seven games, we'll know where we are and we'll know what needs to be done."