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Murray's Hennessey Hope


15:16 15th November 2012

Follow Foster, says former keeper

Matt Murray believes Wayne Hennessey can follow the example of former England keeper Ben Foster and come back strongly from double cruciate ligament surgery.


Murray shared the crushing disappointment of the Molineux dressing room at the news that Hennessey had suffered a disruption to his cruciate repair and will now need another operation.


But Murray, who suffered more than his own fair share of injury misery during his Wolves career, is confident the Welsh gloveman will stay positive in the midst of his latest setback.


“I know what it’s like having come back from having done my cruciate in my right knee, I came back and played games for Hereford then my left knee went,” he says.


“You just get to a point where you think there’s light at the end of the tunnel and you can almost see it, touch it and smell it again and you find yourself back to square one.


“So it’s the psychological side which is so difficult to take.


“But he’s not injury-prone and I know loads of lads who have come through two cruciate ligament injuries and gone on to have great careers.


“Andy Lonergan and Ben Foster have both done it twice and look how many games they’ve played, so you can still get it right and have a fantastic career.


“Ben Foster did his for the second time at Watford before he went on to Manchester United, Birmingham and Albion, so Wayne will come back just as good if not better.


“His mental approach was phenomenal – he came in all through the summer even though he’s played 40 games last season because he wanted to do everything right so he could come back as quickly as he could.


“I remember having done the same and sacrificed your summer holiday.


“But that’s what will hurt because he did everything right.


“That’s what people don’t see – the fact you can’t play football, do your job, your livelihood, which is all you want to do.


“The medical staff and his family will all be there for him though to ensure he’s fine.


“I’d imagine they would look to get the operation done as soon as possible because once that’s done, you know you’re on the way back.


“Everyone – Carl Ikeme, Pat Mountain, myself and all the lads – were gutted for him and they all wish him the best.”


Murray has revealed that an “extra cautious” approach had been taken with Hennessey and, as a result, he had felt better and stronger than ever.


He added:  “When I got the call letting me know what had happened I was really shocked - I thought maybe it was a call to say Wayne was going out on loan for the last bit of his rehab.


“When he said he’d re-done his cruciate, and having done it myself, I really felt for him.


“You actually don’t feel any pain; he just felt a little nick in his knee and walked in off the training pitch, just like he carried on playing when he did it at Sunderland.

“But he’d made the smoothest recovery from a cruciate injury they had ever seen with no setbacks at all.


“I spoke to Wayne and he’d never felt as fit or strong as he did before he did it again.


“Wayne and the medical staff will be looking at themselves to see what more they could have done, but the surgeon Andy Williams is the best in his field and so many sportsmen think so much of him.


“Andy gave him the all-clear to return to training and if anything, Wayne felt they were holding him back to be extra cautious, so it’s just so unfortunate - it’s devastating.”

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