Wolves’ keeper capers ahead of PNE visit

Wayne Hennessy would not play for Wolves at Gillingham last Friday night

Wayne Hennessy would not play for Wolves at Gillingham last Friday night

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Wolves have found themselves embroiled in goalkeeper issues in the run-up to Preston North End’s visit to Molineux this weekend.

The Midlands outfit were forced to use their third-choice shot-stopper Aaron McCarey in Friday night’s 1-0 defeat at Gillingham.

Regular Wolves first choice Carl Ikeme broke his hand on New Year’s Day, and it was expected that Wales international Wayne Hennessy would deputise.

But amid speculation of a possible transfer to Crystal Palace this month, Hennessy refused to play in the Gillingham game.

That decision did not go down well with the Wolves coaching staff or supporters.

Hennessy has since apologised for his actions and is likely to be between the posts against North End on Saturday.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett said: “Wayne has apologised and feels he was in the wrong and made the wrong decision.

“With hindsight, he wishes he hadn’t said what he said. In terms of the overall picture we haven’t heard from any clubs or had any bids in yet.

“Wayne will carry on as a Wolves player until something happens.

“There will be some internal discipline and once that has been dealt with we will move on and put it down to an error of judgement.

“He is available for selection and will have no problems going forward as a Wolves player.”

Hennessy has not played for Wolves since April 2012, when they were still a Premier League club. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out of the final weeks of their unsuccessful battle with relegation and sidelined him for the whole of last season.

The 26-year-old was on the bench when Wolves played at Deepdale on the opening day of the season in August.

He joined Yeovil on loan three weeks later, playing 13 games for the Somerset club, before returning to Molineux in November.

Saturday’s meeting of Wolves and North End will be League One’s match of the day. It is a second-versus-fourth battle, with only two points separating the sides.

Pre-season title favourites Wolves have hit something of a sticky path of late, having won just one of their last seven games – a Boxing Day victory over Crewe.

Their form at Molineux is strong, with eight wins, three draws and two defeats, Jackett’s men having conceded only eight goals in front of their own supporters.

But North End have been strong on the road this season, with eight away league victories under their belt.

They will be backed by up to 3,500 supporters – an extra 900 tickets went on sale yesterday morning after the initial allocation of 2,598 sold out.

Preston’s record at Molineux is decent, with four wins, two draws and two defeats in their last eight visits, going back 13 years.

Their last visit came five years ago in Alan Irvine’s reign, with Stephen Elliott (2) and Sean St Ledger on target in a 3-1 victory.