Footballers face exiles

Brendan Furlong

Published 27/02/2016 | 00:00

Attacker Kevin O'Grady is facing four to six weeks out of action with a hip injury
Attacker Kevin O'Grady is facing four to six weeks out of action with a hip injury

Wexford need points fast which makes their clash with London in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League at Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday next all the more important.

Having opened with a narrow victory over Leitrim, the Model county then went on to make the long journey north to Antrim where they suffered defeat, leaving them with just two points from a possible four, and making this game of huge significance to keep their promotion hopes very much on track.

This is still a Wexford team very much in transition but they should be boosted with the inclusion of the by-now fully match-fit Daithí Waters and P.J. Banville in their starting line-up, with both players having made impacts as substitutes in their two opening games.

It will still be an anxious few days for manager David Power, as a number of his side will have mid-week championship duty with the Under-21 side against Longford this Wednesday evening in St. Patrick's Park. So it will be a case of fingers crossed that all players involved there emerge injury-free in order to make themselves available for the London game.

The London team will be managed by former Wexford and Horeswood player, Ciarán Deely, a man so familiar to home followers as he enjoyed many successful years with both club and county as a player.

This year he has moved on to management for the first time, so he will know a lot about Wexford football which will make the home side all the more cautious.

Wexford will be without the services of attacker Kevin O'Grady, who is sidelined with a hip injury for the next four to six weeks. He joins Ciarán Lyng, Michael Furlong and Shane Roche on the injured list.

Still, Wexford are looking forward to this game confident that they can return to winning ways.

Manager David Power said: 'Realistically we must win our next three games but at the moment we are looking no further than London. We will take each game as it comes so first up is London on Sunday.

'London have been very competitive in each of their games so will not be taken lightly. This is a very tight division so each game will be competitive and we will just have to perform.

'We will be looking for a quick start. In each of our games we have been slow to start so we will be determined to set that straight in this game. A good start would give us something to build upon as it would lay a foundation.'

Wexford will not name their side until later in the week, hoping that a number of their Under-21 players will come through that Longford clash on Wednesday unscathed.

Sunday will mark the first-ever league clash with London.

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