Monday 15 July 2019

Hayes and Casey rated doubtful for Wexford trip

Limerick's Kyle Hayes. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick's Kyle Hayes. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

All-Ireland hurling champions Limerick return to the top flight in the Allianz League for the first time since 2010 when they travel to face Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford on Sunday, but John Kiely will be without several key performers.

Richie McCarthy is definitely ruled out and there are big doubts about the fitness of Young Hurler of the year Kyle Hayes, Mike Casey and William O'Donoughue.

Hayes has not trained since the panel returned from their Mexican team holiday and missed out for UL in their Fitzgibbon Cup first round defeat to UCC last Sunday.

Their opponents will also be shorn of a couple of familiar names with Lee Chin joining the casualty list headed by James Breen (knee) and Rory O'Connor who is recovering from a knee operation.

Chin (hamstring), Damien Reck (just back from a fractured jaw) and Paul Morris (knee) are out of the reckoning for the starting 15, but Fitzgerald is hoping that they might bake the bench in Wexford Park.

"Every effort is being made to have the injured trio on the replacements bench but nothing is definite at the moment," said the Wexford boss. "Really, Lee is another week away from fitness, while Damien and Paul came in against Galway, you could see they lacked match practice.

"Rory O'Connor is another two weeks away, while James Breen may need a cartilage operation. So it's difficult being down so many key players."

When the pair last clashed in the league, it was a Division 1B encounter which ended in a win for the Model men that secured them promotion to Division 1A."

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