Karl Henry to miss United game as Wolves' plight worsens

Midfielder loses battle to be fit to face league leaders but Hunt and Milijas could feature

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Karl Henry has lost his battle to be fit for Sunday's Premier League meeting with the league leaders Manchester United at Molineux.

Henry suffered a hamstring strain 10 days ago and had admitted he was "touch and go" to be available to face United. But the club's caretaker manager, Terry Connor, has ruled former captain Henry out of his plans for Sunday's game and hopes he will be available to face Norwich on 24 March.

Connor said: "Karl is 'touch and go' for whether he can be out training again this week. I think that's what he was really saying.

"Later in the week he will be back doing some sort of training but, as for the United game, I'm not really planning with him in mind. If he's back training at the end of the week and has no problems then it will probably be that he's ready for the Norwich game."

Wolves have several other injury problems with the defender Sébastien Bassong unable to train so far this week because of an ankle injury sustained in last weekend's defeat by Blackburn.

Nenad Milijas picked up a calf strain in training yesterday but fellow midfielder Stephen Hunt is expected to return to training by the end of the week after a hernia problem.

Connor said: "Sébastien's ankle is sore so he's resting for the early part of the week while the physios are hoping Nenad's injury will settle down in two or three days. The good news is that Hunty has been back out running."

Henry's absence will be good news for relegation rivals Queen's Park Rangers, whose striker Djibril Cissé has "no doubt" they will stay in the Premier League this season.

Striker Cissé returned from a three-match ban on Saturday to score his second goal in three games since his January move from Lazio.

But it was not enough to prevent a controversial 2-1 defeat at Bolton that sucked Rangers into the drop zone.

Cissé is not worried, though, and told his club's website: "With this kind of performance, there's no doubt that we are going to stay up.

"We have to produce this every game and we have to score goals. We have to fight until the end and that's what we are going to do.

"I love challenges and I love the club already. I will do my best to help the club stay up because we belong in the Premier League now."

QPR can ill afford more setbacks like the red cards for Cissé and Samba Diakité on their home debuts or the officials failing to spot that Clint Hill's header had crossed the line at Bolton on Saturday.

Cissé added: "It's difficult to take, but the referees are only human and they need help. They need whatever help they can get and video technology is one option. They have to do something because we saw how it cost us the game."

Cissé also admitted QPR could have defended better when Ivan Klasnic scored Bolton's winner four minutes from full-time. The 30-year-old, who had earlier cancelled out Darren Pratley's opener, said: "I am happy to help the team, but when you don't bring the points home, it's a bit useless. With five minutes to go, you cannot really concede a goal like that.

"It's not only the defenders who defend, it starts with the attack. The whole team should have done better."

The former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, whose son Shaun Wright-Phillips plays for QPR, believes the Loftus Road side will be relegated and lucky to get a point from their remaining 10 fixtures. QPR have won once in 16 games and face a treacherous run-in, with trips to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of them.

Rangers also host Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham before the season's end and Wright thinks that they will be lucky to get anything from their remaining games.

"I think the players that have come in have not performed to the level that they should. I think that they've got quality players but they're just not playing well, none of them," he said.

"Then you look at their run-in and I honestly can't see them getting a point out of that so it looks like, for me, Wigan, QPR and Wolves [will go down]."

Arts and Entertainment
Gregg Wallace in Summer's Supermarket Secrets
tv All of this year's 15 contestants have now been named
Arts and Entertainment
Inside the gallery at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow
tvSimon Usborne goes behind-the-scenes to watch the latest series
Life and Style
A picture taken on January 12, 2011 shows sex shops at the Paris district of Pigalle.
newsThe industry's trade body issued the moratorium on Friday
News
Winchester College Football (universally known as Winkies) is designed to make athletic skill all but irrelevant
Life...arcane public school games explained
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Could we see Iain back in the Bake Off tent next week?
tv Contestant teased Newsnight viewers on potential reappearance
Life and Style
Silvia says of her famous creation: 'I never stopped wearing it. Because I like to wear things when they are off the radar'
fashionThe fashion house celebrated fifteen years of the punchy pouch with a weighty tome
News
i100(and it's got nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off)
News
Angelina Jolie with her father Jon Voight
peopleAsked whether he was upset not to be invited, he responded by saying he was busy with the Emmy Awards
News
Bill Kerr has died aged 92
peopleBill Kerr appeared in Hancock’s Half Hour and later worked alongside Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers
News
news It's not just the world that's a mess at the moment...
Sport
footballPremiership preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's matches
News
Keira Knightley poses topless for a special September The Photographer's issue of Interview Magazine, out now
people
Voices
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat
voicesNigel Farage: Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012
film Cara Delevingne 'in talks' to star in Zoolander sequel
News
i100
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in his Liverpool shirt for the first time
football
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone