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 Ciaran Lyng will not be available to either code for the foreseeable future.
McGovern (21) is to undergo surgery on both hips within the coming weeks to deal with the wearing of the sockets.
In a further blow for new football manager Aidan O'Brien, Ciaran Lyng – 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.
But with little sign of the problem showing improvement it has been decided that Lyng should undergo intensive treatment, coupled with rest, in an effort to force his way back to full fitness.