Waters may be ready to return

Brendan Furlong

Published 27/01/2016 | 00:00

Daithí Waters, seen here trying to curb Dublin's Michael Darragh MacAuley, may figure in Sunday's game against Leitrim although he is unlikely to start
Daithí Waters, seen here trying to curb Dublin's Michael Darragh MacAuley, may figure in Sunday's game against Leitrim although he is unlikely to start

The returning Daithí Waters could yet figure at some stage of Wexford's opening Allianz Football League Division 4 game with Leitrim at Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday (2 p.m.).

Having taken last year out to concentrate on hurling, Waters' return to training was hampered by an operation on a floating bone in his ankle.

However, manager David Power has said that Waters could still play a part.

'Daithí has returned to training. He may not start but could still have a role to play at some stage of the game.'

Meanwhile, Power's squad has been hit by injury with Michael Furlong (recovering from cruciate knee operation), Shane Roche (shoulder), Ciarán Lyng (hip problem) and Joey Wadding (leg injury) all ruled out of this opening game.

A further setback is that long established defender, Graeme Molloy, has called time out on his inter-county career, announcing his retirement over the weekend owing to a long-standing knee injury.

Despite this, the Wexford squad have been put through some intensive training and game time, with former Irish basketball star, Tim McCarthy, putting the players through their paces after joining the backroom team.

While the side will not be selected until midweek, players like Brian Malone, Anthony Masterson, Naomhan Rossiter, Simon Donohoe, Tiarnan Rossiter, Niall Hughes, Paul Curtis, Kevin O'Grady, Adrian Flynn, Michael O'Regan and Donal Shanley are all likely to feature.

Power is adamant that they must achieve promotion from Division 4. 'Leaving all the championship proposals to one side, our number one goal is promotion back to Division 3. It's important for us to win our home games, but all games in this division will be difficult.

'We have had a good O'Byrne Cup week, and put in the preparation, and should we play to our capabilities we should win.

'However, Leitrim have had a good Connacht league and Shane Ward will have them well organised and prepared,' he added.

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