Saturday 20 July 2019

Double blow for Model men as Reck injury adds to Nolan's suspension woe

Aidan Nolan. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Aidan Nolan. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Wexford's Leinster SHC final hopes suffered a double blow yesterday as Damien Reck emerged as an injury doubt for Sunday's clash with Kilkenny - just hours after the influential Aidan Nolan was hit with a two-match ban.

If Reck is ruled out, he'll rob Davy Fitzgerald of much-needed cover after Nolan had his suspension confirmed by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC).

The Bunclody forward was banned after using abusive language towards referee Fergal Horgan at the end of their dramatic draw with the Cats a fortnight ago.

The clock at Wexford Park had incorrectly suggested the referee had not played the announced four minutes of additional time.

Nolan (pictured above) has the right to appeal the decision to the GAA's Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

Brian Cody's fears over the availability of Paddy Deegan have eased with the Kilkenny defender taking part in training this week after he was taken off in the drawn game.

Elsewhere, Tyrone could be without three key players for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier with Kildare at Newbridge.

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Pádraig Hampsey and Richie Donnelly are struggling to regain fitness after missing last weekend's win over Longford, while Kieran McGeary shipped a heavy knock before half-time at Pearse Park, and failed to reappear in the second period.

Manager Mickey Harte said last night that all three are currently being monitored. "We will leave the final decision to the medics and the lads themselves to see how they are," he said.

Donnelly has been suffering from a quad muscle injury, and Harte revealed that he made the difficult call himself to cry off after feeling discomfort in the warm-up against Longford.

Hampsey was not considered for last Saturday's game due to a groin injury, and remains doubtful for the meeting with the Lilywhites.

"It's too early as yet to say what if any role he (Hampsey) will play, but we are probably more optimistic than we were last week that he will be available."

McGeary felt unwell after the match in Longford and a decision will be taken later in the week over his participation in Newbridge.

Harte said: "He (McGeary) got a thump about the stomach and didn't feel too badly at the time. But there was a delayed reaction afterwards and he felt the effects of it later, but he's fine now."

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