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Wexford's Liam Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile

Wexford's Liam Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile

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Wexford's Liam Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile

Cold water has been poured on any suggestion that Wexford hurling star Liam Ryan was injured during an unofficial county training session with Rapparees outlining that the 24-year-old hurt himself on club duty in recent days.

Ryan was pictured on crutches with a protective boot on his left leg at a Rapparees training session on Tuesday night while senior manager Padge Walsh told 'Wexford Today' that the influential full-back broke his foot "doing something with the county team."

With Davy Fitzgerald's side, as well as all other county sides, restricted from training collectively under GAA rules, this caused a furore as it seemed that more fuel had been added to the club versus county debate.

A short statement from Wexford GAA rubbished Walsh's claims, insisting that Ryan's injury was sustained while on club duty and Rapparees chairman Michael Doyle confirmed the accuracy of the Model county board's version of events.

"Liam injured his foot below in Bellefield at a club training session," Doyle said. "I haven't seen Liam since but I was told that he did a job on his ankle and that he was going to be out for six or seven weeks.

"He went over on his ankle and as soon he went down everyone knew there was something serious wrong because he didn't get up straight away and that's not like him."

Satisfaction

The Enniscorthy club will be without Ryan for their Wexford SHC campaign but Doyle outlined his club's satisfaction that they had access to their county players - Ryan as well as Kevin Foley - since returning to official training on June 24.

"We haven't had any problem with the county team or anything like that. I don't understand what's been said but we didn't have any problem with our lads that are there training away with the club," he added. "I'm happy and content as long as that is the case. There's definitely nothing from our point of view and we have no animosity with the county board or anyone else. The club lads were training and he injured his foot and he's going to be a big loss to us.

"We have only Kevin and Liam in there with the county and we've been getting on famously enough with them. It wouldn't have been necessary for us to make any complaints anyway because I wouldn't have known of any unrest between our lads and the county board."

Ryan was pivotal in last year's Leinster SHC success and the All Star nominee should be back to full fitness by September 14, the date when Fitzgerald and other county managers can resume training without breaching GAA rules.

Irish Independent