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Hennessey Offers Support To Wickham

9 December 2016

During an interview this week for the club's matchday programme, Wayne Hennessey revealed that he has been supporting Connor Wickham following the striker's recent injury having been through similar himself.

The #AskTheEagles feature gives fans a chance to quiz their favourite players on all kinds of topics, but when asked about his hardest moment in professional football, Hennessey spoke at length about injury and how it was important for the Palace boys to keep Wickham's spirits up.

"At Wolves I got injured against Sunderland away and I knew I’d done something bad," said the goalkeeper. "I heard the snap in my leg and it turned out I’d done my ACL. 

"I kept playing for 8 minutes and then I came off. Once the final whistle went I was into the treatment room and I knew something was wrong, my leg was not feeling right. The physio was doing all the treatments on me and then he pulled me to the side and said: “sorry, it looks like you’ve done your ACL.” And I kind of knew what that meant for me. Then I was on my way home and thought “this is really painful.” 

"I went to the surgeon two days later and he gave me the confirmation it was my ACL and that I would be out for six to nine months. That really hit me then. That was the hardest part. For the surgeon to put the time frame on it – that’s what hits you. Then you have to go through the treatment and rehabilitation."

Continuing, Hennessey spoke about his good friend Wickham, who suffered a similar injury away to Swansea City and has recently undergone surgery to begin his recovery.

"Obviously the ACL is the whole reconstruction," said Hennessey of the procedure. "Connor has exactly the same as me and I just want to be there for him because I’ve been through it myself. 

"Me, Fraizer, Martin Kelly, we’ve all done our ACLs and we know it’s a grind, you’ve got to stay positive. Connor lives not far from me, he’s on my way home, so I try to help in anyway. I’m close to Connor anyway, so if I can help to pick him up and provide some support to help him get through it then I will. When you’re in the early stages of rehab, which he is, then it’s a case of getting ready to walk again, then the crutches are off and you get a bit more freedom – but you’re basically housebound for 8 weeks.

"It’s lonely having a long-term injury," he continued. "You’re working in the gym and you see people leaving for the day and you know you’ve got another session in there on your own. It’s very lonely, but if someone’s there who has already had your injury then they can give you advice and tell you what’s good for it, what’s not good for it. Basically just help to lift your spirits.

"We’ll all be there for him, we know he’s going through a tough time."

The full #AskWayne feature will be available to read in the Palace vs Manchester United matchday programme.

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