Tuesday 20 February 2018

Injury forces Lyng to concentrate on football

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Wexford star Ciaran Lyng has admitted that his dual dream is on ice as a hip injury has ruled him out until the latter stages of the league.

The St Martin's man is recovering from an operation that has kept him out of action so far this season and, while he hopes to be back for the visit of Laois to Wexford in the final round of the NFL, he confirmed that he has opted out of Liam Dunne's hurling squad.

"My hopes of being back at the start of March are probably a bit off now but I'm still hopeful I'll get the last couple of games," said Lyng.

"We have Laois in the last game and we've got them in the championship in Croke Park, so that's the game I'm targeting.

"Because it's a wait-and-see injury I won't know until closer to the time, so I kind of had to leave the hurling panel indefinitely."

"Our club championship is the end of April/start of May, the hurling and the football, so if I'm back fit for those and hurl well in the first two games then I'd like to join the panel again if asked."

Lyng's brother Diarmuid – known as 'Gizzy' – is a key member of the hurling squad, though he is currently laid low by a virus.

And while Ciaran accepts that fulfilling a dual role would be difficult, he insists it would be possible provided there was cooperation from the managers involved.

"I was stressing that I won't be doing any more training. I won't be doing any more than the four or five nights a week that I already do. There's no point going out seven nights a week just to keep managers happy," he said.

"I was hoping that the managers would meet up and form a plan themselves. The biggest thing is it requires common sense from the managers."

Lee Chin and Andrew Shore are involved in both Wexford panels but whether Lyng could force his way back into the hurling panel at that stage remains to be seen.

He also confirmed that where there is a fixture clash, he would opt for Aidan O'Brien's footballers.

"I made that clear from the outset as well. I owe a lot to my team-mates with the football panel for the last few years, so I wouldn't be leaving them out to dry."

Irish Independent

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