WOLVES care­taker man­ager Terry Con­nor says the loss of mid­fielder Karl Henry through in­jury for three to four weeks is a big blow to their hopes of Premier League sur­vival.

Henry suf­fered a ham­string strain dur­ing the first half of Sun­day’s 5-0 thump­ing at Ful­ham which pushed Wolves back into the bot­tom three on goal dif­fer­ence. A scan con­firmed that Henry

could be out un­til the start of April, although the club are hop­ing that a quick­fire re­cov­ery could make him avail­able for the clash with Nor­wich on March 24.

Con­nor said: “Karl is a very im­por­tant player for us. He has been here five or six years and doesn’t miss many games for us.

“He will be a big miss while he is out in­jured be­cause he brings some de­fen­sive sta­bil­ity to our mid­field and we haven’t got many peo­ple of that ilk. But the scan has shown up a ham­string strain and he is ex­pected to be out for three to four weeks.”

On-loan Em­manuel Frimpong is out for the rest of the sea­son and Dave Ed­wards is side­lined with a knee in­jury, so Con­nor has limited op­tions in mid­field.

The only other hold­ing mid­fielder at Con­nor’s dis­posal is Jan­uary sign­ing Eggert Jon­s­son – but he looked out of his depth in his only ap­pear­ance to date, a 3-0 de­feat by Liver­pool.

Con­nor has re­acted by re­call­ing young­ster David Davis from a loan spell at Ch­ester­field as cover.

Henry had only just re­turned to the Wolves side af­ter serv­ing a three-match ban for his red card against As­ton Villa.

Davis played 11 games for Ch­ester­field and helped them to the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy final.

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