Murphy injury blow for Wexford hurlers
WEXFORD defender Shaun Murphy has been ruled out of the county's remaining Allianz national hurling league games along with the championship opener against Dublin.
Wexford, who heavily defeated Kerry on Sunday last, need just two points from their remaining two game to qualify for a quarter-final spot in the league, but they have have been heavily hit with injuries over recent months.
Murphy, who was crowned Wexford 'Hurler of the Year' for 2015 on Friday night last following an excellent season with Oulart-the-Ballagh, returned to the inter-county fold following his club's All-Ireland exploits. He figured at left half-back against Clare where he was giving an outstanding display until a shoulder injury forced his first half retirement.
Manager Liam Dunne said yesterday (Tuesda): 'Shaun visited a specialist at the sports Clinic in Santry on Monday evening. Following x-rays he was given the worst possible news. He has to undergo an operation this month which rules him out of competitive action for four to five months. It's yet another name to our growing injury list.'
Forward Paul Morris has had his league interrupted with a recurring hamstring problem, while David Dunne missed the Kerry game with hamstring problems.
'Dunne has only a slight chance of playing against Offaly. We will test both players this Friday evening,' added Dunne.
Corner-back James Breen is undergoing a concussion protocol and will also miss the Offaly game, while Diarmuid O'Keeffe only figured in the closing quarter against Kerry, having missed both Limerick and Clare games due to concussion protocol.