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Friday 20 September 2019

Molloy set to miss first two football league ties

Wexford's Kevin Day breaks away from John McGrath of Wicklow in Sunday's O'Byrne Cup tie in Gorey
Wexford's Kevin Day breaks away from John McGrath of Wicklow in Sunday's O'Byrne Cup tie in Gorey

Brendan Furlong

While David Power will continue to run the rule over his players over the coming weeks, he will have to plan without last year's team captain, Graeme Molloy, for the opening two rounds of the Allianz Football League.

Wexford open their campaign on Sunday, February 1, when they make the long journey to Milltown Malbay to take on Clare, while they will have an attractive home fixture the following Sunday against the Kieran McGeeney-managed Armagh.

Molloy is in rehab at the moment following a knee operation in November to deal with a long-standing problem, but despite steady progress, he will find the opening two games coming too quickly.

'Graeme is definitely out of the opening two games. The third game away to Louth has been pencilled in for his return to the team,' Power said. 'Hopefully his rehab continues to go well. Should there be no setbacks he should be back for Louth on Sunday, March 1.'

A number of Wexford players have had to re-adjust in their preparations over the past number of weeks, but out long term is defender Conor Carty who is not expected back until the championship as he continues his rehab following a cruciate knee ligament operation. Michael O'Regan is also a long-term concern with back and knee problems.

But on a more positive note, Power will have Ciarán Lyng and James Holmes available this weekend.

'Anthony Masterson is not due to return until the third round of league games. He is doing light training following a hernia operation,' Power added.

Despite the injury concerns, Power is quite happy with the progress to date.

'We have had three games and saw close to forty players. It has been a hugely successful week with some good performances.

'Regarding the squad we'll be keeping it open ended for the league. There will be some changes, with some players dropping out, but there will not be a lot of change,' he added.

Wexford hope to have a further two challenge games before their opening league clash with Clare.

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