Deise blow as Barrett ruled out for two months
Waterford hurler Eddie Barrett has confirmed that he has been ruled out of action for two months with a serious knee injury.
Barrett (24) dislocated his right knee cap on his first championship start against Cork last Sunday.
After consulting with specialist Tadhg O'Sullivan, surgery has been ruled out. Instead, Barrett will allow the injury to heal naturally but, if he suffers another recurrence, the De La Salle player may require knee reconstruction.
Barrett revealed: "When I was 18, I was playing a soccer match for Waterford Youths and I dislocated the knee cap. That was against Wexford Youths in a cup final at Ozier Park.
"I seem to have a habit of getting injured in big matches. That kept me out for a long time but I had no problem with it after that."
Barrett went off after 21 minutes in Thurles and recalled: "It was the way I landed. Someone gave me a bang in the back of the knee. The last time it happened was six years ago and this time, Tadhg said that he's going to chance not having an operation and try to let it set.
"It would be wicked disappointing to miss out for the whole year and I was happy when he said leave it set.
"I can't work for the next couple of weeks, which is a killer, but it could be worse. An operation would have seen me miss the rest of the season, probably club too."
If Barrett heals well, he could even return for the concluding stages of the championship.
He added: "I was happy with the way I was going for the first 20 minutes against Cork. I thought the lads were excellent after that. We were probably a bit disappointed we didn't win the match.
"It was there for us at nine points up but I think we'll beat Cork again in two weeks. We're just as good as them."
Barrett said that being written off prior to throw-in provided Waterford with massive pre-match motivation.
"Everyone writes off Waterford, even people in the county," he said. "There didn't seem to be many people up at the match and that was kind of unusual.
"It was a very small crowd but it should be bigger for the next day. Maybe after the league people lost a bit of faith but it's up to the lads now to restore that."
The midfielder confirmed that he will be on crutches for two weeks before building slowly back to full fitness.
He explained: "Once I'm off the crutches, I'll get back exercising as soon as I can – walking, swimming and then back running.
"The only fear is that there might be a bit of weakness in the knee, so if it goes again, I'd have to get a reconstruction.
"But hopefully it heals properly. Going to see Tadhg on Monday, I'd have taken six to eight weeks. It was bad on Monday morning when I woke up – out like a balloon and I couldn't walk, exactly how it was the last time."