WEXFORD will launch their 2013 hurling and football campaigns without two of their rising young stars.
St. Anne's clubman, Liam Og McGovern, has been ruled out for the season, while St. Martin's star attacker Ciaran Lyng, will not be available to either code for the foreseeable future.
21-year-old McGovern is to undergo surgery on both hips within the coming weeks to deal with the wearing of the sockets, which ends his interests in the 2013 season, proving a severe blow to not just both Wexford senior hurling and football sides, but also his club St. Anne's as they set out in defence of their title.
Wexford's new football manager, Aidan O'Brien, has been handed a further massive blow in that star attacker, Ciaran Lyng, is also ruled out for the foreseeable future.
Ciaran, who had also joined the senior hurling squad, hoping to play some role in the small ball game alongside his brother, Diarmuid, is receiving intensive treatment for a tendon problem in his hip, an injury that he carried through the 2012 league and championship campaigns.
However, with little sign of the problem showing improvement it's decided that Lyng should undergo intensive treatment, coupled with rest, in an effort to force his way back to full fitness.
Lyng is one of the finest corner-forwards in the country, so his loss will be a cruel blow to O'Brien as he sets out on a league campaign, back in Division 2, while McGovern is an outstanding 'dual' player who has much to contribute to both codes.
It was clear that Lyng played through the pain barrier last season, even though he was unable to undertake his key freetaking role with the county side, during the duration of their championship campaign.
O'Brien has accepted that both Lyng and McGovern will be unavailable to either code. 'McGovern is undergoing an operation on both hips shortly leaving him unavailable for the season while Lyng with a tendon problem in the hip is out for the foreseeable future.'
McGovern's injury is one which has seen a number of players go under the knife in recent times. The condition is called 'impingement' and is caused by repetitive abnormal between the ball of the hip and the socket. As a result of this contact the shape of the ball changes from round to flat and the damage is usually done when these athletes are in their early teens and engaging in high volumes of sport.
While the loss of two such talented players will test the strength in depth of both senior football and hurling squads, the respective managers will be grateful that they know the fate of each player before the season gets under way, which leaves them with time and space to bolster their squad in preparation for the league campaigns.