CON­NOR’S KEEPER CRI­SIS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JOHN PERCY

MAD­CAP Mario Balotelli has re­vealed he is us­ing shamed Man City star Car­los Tevez as his shin­ing ex­am­ple as he tries to save his English ca­reer.

The con­tro­ver­sial Ital­ian ap­peared head­ing for the City exit door af­ter get­ting on the wrong side of boss Roberto Mancini.

The final straw came with Balotelli’s shame­ful red card in the re­cent de­feat at Arse­nal.

Mancini claimed af­ter­wards that Balotelli would be on his way in the sum­mer TERRY CON­NOR has been hit with an­other blow at Wolves af­ter los­ing goal­keeper Wayne Hen­nessey for the rest of the sea­son.

Wales stop­per Hen­nessey has been ruled out for at least three months af­ter tear­ing his cru­ci­ate in the 0-0 draw with Sun­der­land on Satur­day.

Hen­nessey has been one of the few im­pres­sive play­ers at Wolves this sea­son and his in­jury only serves to pile the prob­lems on Con­nor.

Dorus de Vries, signed on a free trans­fer from Swansea last sum­mer, is now poised to make his Premier League de­but against ti­tle chas­ing Manch­ester City on Sun­day.

Hen­nessey played on with the in­jury at the Sta­dium of Light but scans on Mon­day re­vealed the dam­age is worse than first feared.

The 25-year-old could even have played his last game for Wolves, with a string of clubs in­clud­ing City, Chelsea and Liver­pool all keen ad­mir­ers.

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But Con­nor has warned any poach­ing clubs that Wolves will fight “tooth and nail” to hold on to their best play­ers this sum­mer. As well as Hen­nessey, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher are likely to be wanted men.

Con­nor said: “Clubs can make bids but it’s not a fact of life that we’ll be cherry-picked.

“Just be­cause you go down it doesn’t mean you have to lose your play­ers.

“We’ll fight tooth and nail to have our best play­ers avail­able.”

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