Wednesday 17 January 2018

Chin in fitness battle

Defender Breen the latest casualty for clash with Dubs

Brendan Furlong

Lee Chin faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's championship opener owing to a medial knee ligament injury
Lee Chin faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's championship opener owing to a medial knee ligament injury

Wexford's chances of defeating Dublin in Saturday evening's Leinster Senior hurling championship quarter-final have been dealt a real hammer blow.

One of the big casualties from the injury-hit camp is outstanding midfielder Lee Chin who is facing a huge battle to be fit for the game.

Chin, who would have been expected to lead the Wexford challenge, received a knee injury last Tuesday in a challenge game against Cork in Dungarvan.

Wexford manager Liam Dunne said: 'Lee picked up the injury in a challenge for possession. He had a scan in Santry Sports Clinic on Thursday. He has been diagnosed with medial ligament damage in the knee.'

However, on Monday, Chin still felt he might be able to play.

'The knee is stiff and somewhat sore but I have not ruled myself out. I am looking ahead as if I'm playing. I will be giving the knee every chance this week in the hope of making the game,' Chin said.

But Dunne's woes do not end there as Adamstown clubman, James Breen, has been ruled out of the game.

'James picked up a hamstring injury in training on Sunday morning. He is definitely out of contention.

'Aidan Nolan is another casualty. Following a knee scan in Santry Sports Clinic last week he has been diagnosed with a knee ligament injury, leaving him sidelined for four to six weeks,' added Dunne.

Dunne has certainly not been getting the rub of the green and will delay his team selection until Thursday night, but there is positive news regarding both Ian Byrne and Shane Tomkins.

'Shane is carrying a knee problem.

'He did not play the second round game with his club, Askamore, and had not trained for three weeks. But he came through full training over the weekend and is now available for selection,' added Dunne.

Further good news from the Wexford camp is that Ian Byrne has overcome a calf problem and will be fully fit for the game.

Already ruled out of this year's championship campaign are three long-term injury casualties, Oulart-The Ballagh pairing Shaun Murphy (shoulder) and David Redmond (hip/groin), plus Parnells clubman, Andrew Shore (cruciate knee ligament).

With the injury crisis taking its toll, Dunne and his management team have added Jack Kelly (Rapparees) and Gary Moore (Glynn-Barntown) to the squad.

'Both players showed impressive form in the club championship along with a 15 on 15 game in Ferns on Friday evening when members of the Intermediate squad were brought in to provide sufficient players for a full game,' Dunne explained.

Meanwhile, the Wexford football manager, David Power, will also be forced to line out without two key players in their provincial championship quarter-final clash with Kildare which gets proceedings under way at Croke Park on Saturday at 5.15 p.m.

Both Naomhan Rossiter and Michael O'Regan have been ruled out of contention with injuries received in the club championship.

'Naomhan is out with a broken bone in the back of his hand received when assisting St. Mary's (Rosslare) in a Junior hurling championship game, while Michael popped his shoulder when playing with Glynn-Barntown against Rapparees in the Senior hurling championship.

'Both players are out of contention,' Power confirmed.

As the countdown to the double-header in Croke Park continues, the respective managers will be looking to avoid further injuries in the final days of preparations.

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