Ward forced to endure surgery

Wolves midfielder Stephen Ward will miss the two remaining games of the season following an exploratory knee operation.

Ward, 25, has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season despite two bouts of knee surgery interrupting his campaign.

However, after reporting further discomfort, the Molineux medical staff have decided to send him for a third operation in an attempt to get to the root of the problem.

He is now likely to miss the Republic of Ireland's June training camp and following friendly fixtures.

"This has been troubling me all season and has got to be done," he told the club's official website.

"There was talk about maybe delaying the operation so I could join up with Ireland, but the specialist said to carry on could make it worse.

"I've also got to be back for pre-season and so the extra couple of weeks before the end of the season will help.

"It's disappointing not to be joining up with Ireland but hopefully I'll get another chance when I'm fit again.

"There's no point risking any further damage. The swelling's still quite bad so they need to go in and clean it up."

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