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Hennessey needs a rest - McCarthy

Wayne Hennessey
Wayne Hennessey lost his place to Carl Ikeme for the trip to Swansea

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy says his Wales international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is feeling jaded.

Hennessey, 21, was left out of the starting XI for Saturday's defeat at Swansea, with Carl Ikeme stepping in.

"Wayne's played 18 months non-stop through summer internationals," McCarthy told BBC WM.

"I thought he looked jaded, I think he'd admit to himself that he was. He's looking a bit leggy, a bit weary and he needs a break."

The former Republic of Ireland boss was delighted with the efforts of stand-in Ikeme despite the 3-1 loss at the Liberty Stadium.

"I have to say Carl's done himself no harm again," McCarthy said.

"He proved what a good goalkeeper he is. There was nothing wrong with his performance."

Wolves also handed a debut at Swansea to on-loan winger Carlos Edwards, who was signed from Sunderland to cover for the injured Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis.

I know he's a good player but he's not had a lot of football

Mick McCarthy on Carlos Edwards
"It'd be nice if he'd been in with everyone who's playing well," said McCarthy. "To come into a team that's changed would make it difficult for him.

"I know he's a good player, some of the things he did I'm pleased with, but he's not had a lot of football."

McCarthy hopes to have Kightly and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (medial knee ligaments) back in time for the home game with Coventry City on 18 October.

Top scorer Chris Iwelumo, who has been called up for the first time by Scotland, will be available again after his three-game suspension for Wolves' return to action after the international break.

Wolves have 11 players away this week, most notably Hennessey (along with David Edwards and Sam Vokes) for Wales.

Hennessey is expected to keep goal against Liechtenstein in next Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Cardiff (1730 BST) before the trip to play Germany in Moenchengladbach the following Wednesday night (15 October, 1945 BST).

Kevin Foley, Stephen Ward, Andy Keogh and Darren Potter (who has not started a game since mid-March) are with the Republic of Ireland squad for a friendly with Nottingham Forest on Thursday night (9 October).

But only Keogh will then head off to Dublin for the World Cup qualifier with Cyprus in Dublin next Wednesday night (15 October, 1945 BST).

Ebanks-Blake has joined up with the England Under-21 as selected, despite his knee injury. And defender Richard Stearman has now been called into the squad after an injury to Micah Richards.

And the on-loan Edwards is at a Trinidad and Tobago training camp ahead of two World Cup dates in Guatemala and at Port of Spain against the USA.


see also
Swansea 3-1 Wolves
04 Oct 08 |  Championship


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