Tennis: O'Brien blow for Ireland
Published 03/03/2011 | 05:00
Ireland have suffered a blow ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup clash against Luxembourg after Colin O'Brien was ruled out, writes Paddy Hickey.
O'Brien has not sufficiently recovered from a wrist injury.
Ireland boss Garry Cahill revealed at yesterday's press conference for the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two tie at Dublin's David Lloyd Riverview -- which will be played tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday -- that O'Brien's place in the four-strong squad will be taken by fellow Dubliner Barry King.
The participation of the Malahide left-hander in the contest had been shrouded in doubt after he was ruled out of last Sunday's practice contest against a Swedish selection as a precautionary measure.
However, Cahill is optimistic that Ireland's victory prospects will not be significantly damaged by O'Brien's unavailability.
"We don't like to lose Colin," said Cahill. "We don't think that his injury is long term, but there's no way he would be up to possibly two five-set matches in the space of three days."
With O'Brien out of the reckoning, 6ft 4ins King will likely partner 6ft 5ins Dub James Cluskey in the doubles showdown on Saturday, with the two singles slots for tomorrow and Sunday going to Limerick's Conor Niland and Dubliner James McGee.