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Hunt a worry for Trap

STEPHEN HUNT is an injury concern for the Euro 2012 finals as the Wolves winger was due to have surgery today in a bid to cure the groin injury which has disrupted his season.

But there is some good news on the injury front for Giovanni Trapattoni as Keith Fahey is ready to return to action with Birmingham City after a spell on the sidelines.

Hunt has struggled with injury and loss of form this season and has not started a league game for his struggling club since December.

Wolves decided to send the 30-year-old to see a specialist and Hunt will now have surgery on the problem.

"The best thing is for the doctors to take another look and see if they can get to the root of the problem," said Wolves manager Terry Connor.

"He felt it in training on Monday and, although he trained on Tuesday, the general consensus was that he should get it looked at."

Going under the knife this close to the Euro 2012 finals raised fears that the winger could miss out on a trip to Poland in June, but Hunt's brother, Reading player Noel, today stated that Stephen would be back in action soon.

Prediction

"He will be back fit in 10 to 14 days max," Noel said on Twitter. If his prediction holds true, Stephen would stand a chance of playing some football for Wolves before the end of the season, though Hunt will also be aware that his place in the squad is under threat due to the emergence of James McClean at Sunderland.

Hunt recently told the Evening Herald that he was confident of winning a place in the 23-man squad no matter what.

"It's a marathon, not a sprint. I feel I will be in the Wolves team and in the Ireland squad for the finals," he said, pointing out that he had starred for Ireland at the end of last season despite an injury.

"There was a spell there where I had a groin operation with six or seven weeks left in the season last year, (but) I came back and played in the last three games for Wolves and four games for Ireland, which was probably my most consistent run of games for the national team, so I am confident I will be there."

Fahey has missed his club's last three games with a groin strain, a blow for Birmingham and the player as he was in a superb run of form in Chris Hughton's side, scoring twice in the last six games for the promotion-chasing side.

But boss Hughton remains confident that the former St Pats man will be available for selection for City's next game, against Crystal Palace, on Saturday.

"Keith is very close now and we are hoping that he will be okay for the weekend," said Hughton.


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