Guiney's role in doubt
Management to finalise attacker's fate on Tuesday night
Published 16/06/2015 | 00:00
Jack Guiney's role in next Sunday's Leinster Senior hurling championship semi-final clash with Kilkenny in Nowlan Park is in doubt.
An alleged disciplinary breach has led to the Wexford management taking some time out before deciding should the Rathnure attacker feature in the game.
Guiney was replaced during the course of the second-half in the county's opening round championship victory over Westmeath, but subsequent events have overtaken his substitution following a disappointing display from the forward.
It is understood that, following the Westmeath game, Guiney travelled to a christening in Galway, apparently with the clear knowledge of the Wexford team management.
However, subsequent events have led to Liam Dunne and his backroom colleagues pondering their next move.
Wexford returned to training on the Tuesday evening following the Westmeath outing, down by the seaside in Ballygarrett, where the parish welcomed their new-found heroes and embraced their presence with a record crowd for a training session.
Guiney took a full part in the training session, but was excused by management from Thursday evening's session, along with two other players who had prior important commitments.
However, it was at Thursday evening's session that matters came to a head, when the players were informed by Dunne that Guiney would not be present for Saturday morning's extended session as the management reacted to his alleged breach of discipline.
With the team management still mulling over Guiney and his future role, if any, it's now expected that the squad will be brought up to date at tonight's (Tuesday) session. It's not yet known if Guiney will be requested to attend this training session.
There's no doubt that the management and the rest of the players are clearly upset at this situation arising so close to a huge clash with their neighbours.
However, the Wexford management are determined not to let this over-ride their final preparations. Whatever actions to be taken will be carried out in the best interests of the squad as they feel that no one player is bigger than the team, a point that Dunne has stressed many times before.
It's disturbing that this should occur so close to the semi-final, but given the quality of their Thursday and Saturday training sessions, the rest of the players seem determined to put it behind them and concentrate on their own preparations.
Wexford have no injury problems as they wind down their preparations this week, culminating in a light puck-around on Friday evening when Dunne will announce his side.
Kilkenny are also expected to stick with tradition and announce their team also on Friday evening.
Ciarán Kenny, who had been carrying a hamstring problem, is back in full training and fighting for a return to the Wexford starting 15, while extended squad players such as Aidan Nolan and Andrew Kenny are also striving for inclusion in the match-day 26.
This is another hurling game to whet the appetite but Kilkenny manager Brian Cody's side is likely to start without the services of two key attackers in Eoin Larkin and Richie Power. Larkin has not fully recovered from a recurring virus while Power's preparations have been hampered by a troublesome knee injury.
Wexford will need all their players at their best but Dunne is happy with the side's preparation.
'We have trained well over the past week. We have had some sparky sessions with extended squad members pushing hard but that's what makes it all worthwhile and keeps the pressure on everyone.
'I'm happy and looking forward, and the players are happy and looking forward. A game like this is what all the preparation is about.'