The Wexford hurlers have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their clash with Kilkenny. Liam Óg McGovern is suspected to have torn his ACL once again.
With expectations at an all-time high ahead of this weekend’s Leinster Championship semi-final, this news is sure to come as a blow to Davy Fitzgerald’s side.
If Wexford are to pull off the biggest victory in their recent history, they will need to perform to their highest levels. They will also need luck, however, and this is not a great start.
The Irish Examiner reported the bad news on Wednesday. Having spent the past nine months attempting to return to action, McGovern has sadly almost instantly suffered the same fate. McGovern will no doubt be devastated by the latest setback.
The Yellowbellies will now have to plan without McGovern, who was easing his way back into the side, making a substitute appearance in Wexford’s quarter-final against Laois.
With Fitzgerald suspended, it’s common knowledge that the Wexford hurlers will be without their manager. Now they also have several injury doubts.
As well as McGovern, speedster David Dunne is rumoured to be a doubt as he struggles with a hamstring injury. Jack O’ Connor and Damien Reck are both suffering from ankle problems and are doubtful.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for Wexford however, as goalkeeper Mark Fanning is expected to return. This will come as a positive as Fanning notched 1-2 when the sides last met in the league.
Wexford take on Kilkenny in Wexford Park this Saturday in a sold-out clash. The country waits to see if the Yellowbellies can capture a major scalp.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena