Waters unavailable for early league encounters

Published 22/12/2015 | 00:00

Wexford's Daithi Waters, who has returned to inter-county football for 2016, will miss the early part of the national league campaign
Wexford's Daithi Waters, who has returned to inter-county football for 2016, will miss the early part of the national league campaign

Daithi Waters will miss Wexford's opening fixtures in the Allianz national football league after undergoing surgery.

The St. Martin's clubman who returns to inter-county football in 2016 having opted for inter-county hurling last season had surgery on an ankle problem that he been troubling him throughout the season.

The surgery was related to a floating chipped bone in his ankle that required a pain killing injection before games as he helped the county's senior hurlers and St. Martin's to their two senior club finals.

Wexford begin their football league campaign with a home fixture against Leitrim at Wexford Park on Sunday, January 31, while they are away to Antrim on the following Sunday.

The tall midfielder will not be the only absentee from the opening games.

Also ruled out is netminder, Shane Roche, still not fully recovered from the shoulder injury received in the Qualifier win over Down, while Michael Furlong is continuing his build-up to full fitness following a cruciate knee ligament operation, also received during the victory over the Ulster side.

Wexford Senior footballers have their first outing of the 2016 season on Sunday, January 3, when they entertain League, Leinster and All-Ireland champions, Dublin, to St. Patrick's Park for their opening game in the O'Byrne Cup campaign.

Meanwhile Wexford senior hurlers who return to competitive action on Saturday, January 2, at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, will be forced to field a very weakened side for their Walsh Cup game with IT Carlow.

With third level colleges having first call on students, Manager Liam Dunne, will be left without the services of players like Lee Chin, Jack Guiney, Conor McDonald (DIT), Paudie Foley (DCU), Eoin Conroy, Conor Devitt (UCD), along with the Oulart-the-Ballagh contingent of Eoin Moore, David Redmond, Shaun Murphy and Conor O'Leary.

Now Wexford will be looking to players like Liam Ryan, one of the most promising young defenders in the game, Matthew O'Hanlon, Diarmuid O'Keeffe, Liam Og McGovern, Andrew Shore and Harry Kehoe for leadership.

Dunne has brought in James Breen (Adamstown) and Barry Carton (Cloughbawn) to the squad. He has also arranged a full game involving the senior side and a Under-21/Intermediate selection for the Ferns Centre of Excellence on Monday, December 28.

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