Hennessey - It's a tough start

Wolves goalkeeper will not rush back from injury for new season

Wayne Hennessey: Injured Wolves goalkeeper will miss start of the new season

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Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has acknowledged his side face a tough start to the 2012/13 season with a trip to Leeds on the opening day.

Stale Solbakken was installed as the club's new manager at the club following their relegation from the Premier League.

However, he will have to wait until August 21st for his first home game against Barnsley, which will be followed by another game at Molineux against Derby on August 25th.

Wales international Hennessey will miss the start of the new campaign after undergoing cruciate knee surgery two months ago, but he is determined to gain full fitness quickly.

"Leeds at Elland Road isn't the easiest of starts and the next away games after that are at Cardiff and Ipswich, so it will be tough for the lads," he told the club's official website.

Difficult

"But I suppose you have to play all of the teams twice, so you may as well get some of the more difficult games out of the way to begin with."

Hennessey has made over 150 appearances for the Midlands club, and at 25, his best years are still ahead of him.

But the Bangor-born 'keeper knows that he cannot rush his comeback and has insisted he will return only when his knee feels right.

"For me personally, knowing that I won't be involved to start with will be a bit difficult to take," he added.

"But I'll just have to be patient. It's been going well, but I'm taking things stage by stage. I'll know when I'm ready to come back."