After a terrific year where they overcame Kilkenny twice and reached their first Leinster championship since 2004, the Wexford Senior hurlers are already facing some major problems ahead of their 2018 season…
Talented St Martin’s star Rory O’Connor underwent knee surgery yesterday to fix an ongoing problem. The injury meant that he played the Wexford Senior championship final in a heavily strapped bandage, while he was forced to sit out their next round Leinster semi-final clash against Dublin champions Cuala.
18-year-old O’Connor has been a shining talent in this years club championship with Wexford, scoring an unbelievable 4-19 from play overall. He is expected to be out for about 9-12 weeks.
“Unfortunately we are going to miss him probably for a big portion of the league. I think you could see last year he is a nice talent, he’s a good talent.”
“For a young 18-year-old, he did a good job last year. He’s very clued in. I was talking to him late last night and obviously, he wasn’t looking forward to it today but he knows he has to do it,” remarked Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald.
O’Connor made his debut last year and would have been a great addition, however, the most worrying member on the injury list is Oulart-The Ballagh sweeper, Shaun Murphy.
Murphy was influential to Fitzgerald’s sweeper system last year, but due to an injury to his Achilles tendon, he will be missed for the Walsh Cup, but will hopefully be back for the League campaign in Division 1A.
“Shaun Murphy — who played in the pocket last year — is out.”
“He will be back for the league, we just need to be careful with him.”
“In the Walsh Cup, we’ll try out guys in it this time. It’ll be a mix.”
To make problems worse, Wexford forwards Jack Guiney and Paul Morris will also be sidelined due to injury for the beginning of Fitzgerald’s second campaign, while James Breen and Podge Doran have withdrawn from the squad.
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