CONNOR’S KEEPER CRISIS
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.
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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