Chin faces injury battle to make football clash
WEXFORD dual star Lee Chin has opted to go with their footballers tomorrow after captaining the county's young hurlers to Leinster U-21 glory over Kilkenny on Wednesday.
Chin was faced with a Hobson's Choice as the county footballers and hurlers are both involved in tomorrow's All-Ireland qualifiers, forcing him to chose one over the other.
He has regularly played for both on consecutive days this year, but a clash of fixtures has deprived him of that chance this weekend.
The hurlers are playing Clare in Thurles at 5.0, two hours before the footballers' clash with Longford in Pearse Park.
The young Sarsfields star is believed to be carrying an injury that has left him playing through the pain barrier – he is only included among the footballers' subs.
Chin has been struggling with fluid accumulating on his knee and went for a scan yesterday to ascertain the cause of the problem. He reportedly did no training ahead of Wednesday's Leinster U-21 final, when he lined out in midfield and performed heroically, giving little indication that he is battling with injury.
Chin is one of the few senior inter-county players left in the GAA and was the only one still vying for the Sam Maguire and the Liam MacCarthy Cups this year.
He lined out at wing-forward for the senior hurlers when they beat Carlow on June 29 and had been named to start for the footballers in the Leinster semi-final the next day.
But he was only used briefly, as a blood sub, against Meath when one of his knees was heavily strapped, and it has been affecting him since.
Wexford pleaded to get tomorrow's football qualifier moved to Sunday to allow Chin to line out in both codes but their request fell on deaf ears.
Of Wednesday night's U-21 heroes Jack Guiney, Gary Moore and Andrew Kenny are also on the senior hurling panel but Guiney is the only one of them named on the starters.
Liam Dunne named his subs last night and Kenny and Moore were among them but Chin, as expected, has plumped for their footballers on this occasion.
Wexford (SF v Longford) – A Masterson; M Furlong, G Molloy, R Tierney; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; D Waters, R Quinlivan; J Holmes, B Brosnan, A Doyle; C Lyng, R Barry, PJ Banville. Subs: T Hughes, L Chin, P Byrne, C Carty, B Mulligan, S Roche, K Gore, S Culleton, K Kehoe, K O'Grady, P Kelly.
Wexford (SH v Clare) – M Fanning; E Moore, T Waters, B Kenny; R Kehoe, K Rossiter, C Kenny; A Shore, D Redmond; P Morris, E Quigley, G Sinnott; R Jacob, J Guiney, P Doran. Subs: N Breen, H Kehoe, M O'Regan, G Moore, E Doyle, PJ Nolan, C O'Shaughnessy, J Tonks, C McDonald, B Jordan, A Kenny.