Monday 11 December 2017

Dunne remains a doubt

Brendan Furlong

Diarmuid O'Keeffe in action against Kerry's John Egan on his return in Tralee on Sunday after a spell sidelined with concussion
Diarmuid O'Keeffe in action against Kerry's John Egan on his return in Tralee on Sunday after a spell sidelined with concussion

David Dunne has added to Wexford's injury concerns ahead of their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B clash with Offaly at Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday (1 p.m.).

Dunne, who damaged a hamstring in training last week, was forced to sit out the victory over Kerry, and is still a considerable doubt for the game with the midlanders, where a victory would secure the side a quarter-final spot.

Manager Liam Dunne said: 'David will test the hamstring this Friday evening at training. We will have to wait until then and take it from there. He is still a huge doubt'.

Ferns clubman Paul Morris, who has had his league campaign interrupted through hamstring problems, is still fighting against time.

'Paul has done his hamstring twice. He's 50/50 at the moment but no decision will be made until Friday,' Dunne added.

Out of contention too are James Breen (following concussion protocols), and Shaun Murphy who damaged a shoulder in the defeat to Clare.

The latter is awaiting the result of scans. 'Last night (Monday) he attended with the surgeon in the Sports Clinic in Santry Hospital. Again it's a case of waiting for results.'

However, there is still some positive news from the Wexford camp, as Diarmuid O'Keeffe made his first appearance as a substitute following a concussion that saw him sit out both the Limerick and Clare games, while Shane Tomkins came through the Kerry game unscathed.

Wexford, having got their first two points on the board, will be full of energy and commitment as they try to put victories back-to-back, which would leave them on four points and with a quarter-final spot.

This is part of a double-header with the Wexford footballers hosting neighbours Wicklow at 2.45 p.m. in what is also a must-win game.

With six points from a possible eight, Wexford are battling it out with both Antrim and Louth for a top two position and promotion back to Division 3, while Wicklow, despite their setback to Carlow last Sunday, are still very much on the fringes of a challenge for promotion.

Wexford put in a spirited showing in seeing off Waterford with one point to spare, but will still be without both Ciarán Lyng and Michael Furlong who have stepped up their training programmes, with both being hopeful of returning for what could be a huge clash with Louth.

Attacker P.J. Banville is pushing towards recovery from a hamstring injury to make himself available, having missed out on the Waterford win.

Having absorbed everything Waterford could throw at them in the second-half, David Power's charges will be seeking a third victory on the trot, and fourth from five games.

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