Wexford have been dealt an injury blow as their preparations for the Leinster final get underway.
It has been confirmed that Liam Óg McGovern has torn his cruciate ligament for the second time, meaning he will take no further part in this season, Hogan Stand have reported.
This is terrible news for those in the Model County and will no doubt be a source of great disappointment for all involved within the camp following the heroics of Sunday, when they toppled Kilkenny in the provincial semi-final. Celebrations have gone on on into this week what was the county’s first win over the Cats since 2004.
However, for McGovern, the nightmare news which he was suspecting following an in-house training game recently has been confirmed via an MRI scan.
The St. Anne’s clubman had only returned from the same dreaded injury in Wexford’s Leinster quarter-final win over Laois, coming on as a second half substitute. Forced out of the historic victory over Brian Cody’s side as a result of the issue, McGovern was awaiting the results of his scan.
He will now face another lengthy spell on the sideline having been hit with the hammer blow that is the cruciate curse.
The half-forward is expected to undergo the reconstruction surgery on the knee soon. The estimated rehab and recovery time period will likely see McGovern miss between nine to twelve months of hurling.
Davy Fitz will now have to plan for the remainder of the summer without the star of the Yellowbellies huge win over Cork in the 2016 All Ireland qualifiers.