Doran in fitness battle

Attacker's race against time to be ready for Waterford

Brendan Furlong

Published 16/07/2016 | 00:00

Podge Doran under pressure from Damien Cahalane and Conor O'Sullivan in Thurles on Saturday during the county's first Senior hurling championship win over Cork since 1956
Podge Doran under pressure from Damien Cahalane and Conor O'Sullivan in Thurles on Saturday during the county's first Senior hurling championship win over Cork since 1956

Podge Doran will have a scan on his knee and ankle to determine if he will be fit for Wexford's All-Ireland Senior hurling quarter-final game with Waterford on Sunday, July 24.

The game will be played in Thurles at 2 p.m. before the clash of Clare and Galway, and it will be preceded by the Wexford Minors' quarter-final against beaten Munster championship finalists Limerick at 12 noon.

Doran was forced to retire late in the first-half of the county's thrilling round two qualifier victory over Cork in Semple Stadium on Saturday, having fallen heavily and damaged both his knee and ankle. While he tried to continue he was called ashore within minutes as he was clearly hampered by the injury.

The actual extent of the injuries are not yet known, but he was still suffering on Sunday with stiffness and soreness in both knee and ankle.

'Podge is attending the physio in Enniscorthy this morning (Monday),' Dunne explained.

'He went down heavily and was quite sore following the injury. We will possibly have to await a scan to find out the full extent. Hopefully he will be fit for Waterford.'

Meanwhile, there is somewhat better news regarding corner-back Liam Ryan, who was forced to miss the qualifier victories over both Offaly and Cork with a broken thumb received in a club league game.

'On Friday, Liam had the cast and pin removed from the thumb. It's still stiff and sore. On Saturday he was unable to even butter a bread roll in the Horse and Hound with the team,' Dunne explained.

'I spoke with him again on Sunday. It's still somewhat stiff and sore, which I suppose is to be expected. He has two weeks and with treatment we are hoping he will be able to make himself available for the game.

'Aidan Nolan is also making progress. He had his knee heavily strapped but was able to come into the game late on. He won a couple of vital balls, so hopefully, every day will see improvement,' Dunne added.

Meanwhile, the Wexford intermediate hurlers look forward to their provincial final clash with Kilkenny in Innovate Wexford Park this Wednesday (7.30 p.m.).

Wexford will be hoping to regain the title last held two years ago, but they must do so without defender Simon Donohoe, who was introduced as a substitute in last Saturday's Senior victory.

Following their semi-final success over Galway, manager Liam Dunne has brought in Eoin Doyle (Shelmaliers) and Patrick O'Connor (St. Martin's) to the squad, while Oulart-The Ballagh's Nicky Kirwan is included in the starting 15.

This has resulted in some switches in the team, as a result of the loss of Donohoe. It is also hoped that Jack Kelly will have recovered from a broken toe received in the Galway game.

Wexford: Darragh Hughes; Aaron Maddock, Seán Murphy, Kevin Sheridan; Jack Kelly, Richie Kehoe, Joe O'Connor; Billy Dunne, Tommy Dwyer; Jack Pettit, Danny Martin Carroll, John Doyle; Ryan Mahon, Gary Moore, Nicky Kirwan. Subs. - Ben O'Connor, Dermot O'Leary, Donal Shanley, Ross Donohoe, Shane Murphy, Michael O'Hanlon, Jake Firman, Eoin Doyle, Patrick O'Connor.

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