Tuesday 20 March 2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been dealt a blow with the news that midfielder Jamie O'Hara is set to be out for four weeks because of his on-going groin injury.
The 25-year-old has been struggling for full fitness since undergoing surgery on the problem in December.
He returned to action in the Barclays Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers last month but has required painkilling injections to play.
"He will need time to recover and rehab properly so that when he comes back he's firing on all cylinders"
- Terry Connor
"Since I've come back from it [the injury], I've had to have injections for games and haven't been able to train," O'Hara wrote on his Twitter account.
"I haven't been able to play at the levels I expect from myself so I've decided until I'm 100 per cent in my groins then I'll be out."
O'Hara is poised to miss crucial matches in the club's battle against relegation including the fixtures against Norwich, Bolton, Stoke, Arsenal and Sunderland.
"Jamie is going to go through a rehabilitation programme to give his groin the chance to get 100% right," Wolves manager Terry Connor told the club's official website.
"I think they're looking at a four-week programme.
"It would be great if it was only two or three weeks but he will need time to recover and rehab properly so that when he comes back he's firing on all cylinders.
"He wasn't 100 per cent. He tried to play with injections because we were trying to find a way of getting him on the pitch and playing well.
"But in the end, we all agreed the best thing to do was to get him back 100 per cent. It's a big blow because he's one of our quality players."
Fellow midfielder Karl Henry has been out of action since the start of March with a hamstring strain and is battling to be fit for Saturday's match with Norwich.
Wolves are currently 20th in the League table with nine matches left to play.