Monday 22 January 2018

Rossiter set to win fitness battle ahead of Treaty clash

Keith Rossiter, Wexford, in action against Colm Galvin, Clare
Keith Rossiter, Wexford, in action against Colm Galvin, Clare
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Wexford's Keith Rossiter looks set to be given the green light to face Limerick in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling quarter-final.

Rossiter has been an immense defensive presence throughout this championship campaign but limped out of last weekend's qualifier win over Waterford in Nowlan Park.

However, manager Liam Dunne is now confident that Rossiter will be fit to take his place as Wexford, who train tonight ahead of Sunday's Semple Stadium curtain-raiser, seek to book a return to Croke Park for the first time in six years.

Ciaran Kenny, who has been carrying an injury in recent weeks, is also set to play. Wexford anger at their ticket allocation has been high this week, with only 2,000 seats made available to the county for distribution among players, officials and clubs.

But sources in the county have suggested that more tickets through other outlets are now in circulation to meet the demand. Terrace tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, Wexford football corner-back Conor Carthy is the latest inter-county player to suffer a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament.

He did the injury playing a club game for Castletown last weekend but got confirmation yesterday of how serious it is and will be out of football until the New Year.

Elsewhere, a lot of inter-county managers named unchanged teams last night but Galway boss Alan Mulholland has not been afraid to make adjustments.

The Tribes boss made four changes to his side since losing the Connacht final for their make-or-break qualifier with Tipperary, who are unchanged themselves.

Tomas Healy replaces Manus Breathnach to make his championship debut in the Galway goal, while Joss Moore returns to replace Aonghus Murphy.

Irish Independent

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