O'Connor blow for Wexford's U-21 prospects
Wexford have been handed a cruel blow ahead of next Saturday's Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland Under-21 hurling championship semi-final clash with Cork at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.
Outstanding midfielder Rory O'Connor has been ruled out of the game with a knee injury. The St Martin's clubman injured his knee during club training, and following a scan last week, it has emerged he will not be available for this crunch game with the Munster champions.
Only last year, O'Connor underwent an operation on his other knee for cartilage trouble, so this latest injury is a huge blow to the young player.
Despite his earlier setback, O'Connor bounced back to enjoy a sparkling season with the senior side, while he turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the provincial U-21 final defeat to Galway after extra-time.
Wexford are also sweating on the fitness of Joe O'Connor who has been outstanding through this campaign. The St Martin's midfielder is also carrying a knee injury, which has curtailed his preparation so much that he now has a less than 50-50 chance of playing.
Rory O'Connor has been ordered to rest completely for six weeks.
"Rory has played a phenomenal amount of both hurling and football in the last six years both at club and inter-county and these injuries are the scars of such a hectic schedule," said St Martin's chairman Michael Morrissey.
"The only positive to emerge from this latest setback is that Rory avoids an operation. Still, we'll be lucky to have him back for the championship quarter-finals. The likes of these players are suffering burn-out rapidly."
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