Wexford woe for duel with the Tribesmen
SATURDAY'S Leinster SHC clash with Galway looks set to come too soon for Wexford pair, Paul Roche (hamstring) and PJ Nolan (quad), who have not taken a full part in training in recent weeks.
Already, manager Colm Bonnar is without Willie Doran (elbow), Tomás Waters (groin), and Richie Kehoe (knee) ahead of Saturday's tie. Keith Rossiter is, however, fully fit again and should take his place in the Model county half-back line.
The Tribesmen, meanwhile, will have to overcome a lengthy injury list if they are to become the first team from the county to beat Wexford in senior championship fare. Chief among the concerns is Ollie Canning, who is battling an ankle injury while fellow defender, Conor Dervan, is doubtful with a hand problem.
Kevin Hayes and Fergal Moore are both out while Galway's NHL top-scorer, Ger Farragher, Niall Healy, Damien Hayes, Eanna Ryan, and Donal Barry have all spent time on the treatment table recently.
Cadogan's Cork boost
CORK dual player, Eoin Cadogan, is ready to declare himself fit for Sunday's big Munster SHC clash with Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh (4.0).
Cadogan missed both the football and hurling league Division 1 finals with a metatarsal injury but has resumed contact training in recent days and is set to be named at full-back by manager, Denis Walsh, when he picks his team this Thursday.
Also available is new recruit, Michael Cussen, after a hand injury, though there are major concerns on Leeside over the fitness of veteran midfielder, Tom Kenny, as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Centre-forward, Niall McCarthy, is making progress in his recovery from a broken finger but Sunday is likely to come too soon for the Carrigtwohill clubman.
Healion blow to Faith
JOE DOOLEY'S Offaly hurlers visit Parnell Park to face Antrim on Sunday (3.30) without the physical presence of Ger Healion in their full-forward line after he was ruled out with broken finger. Stephen Egan is also definitely out for the Faithful County with shin splints while there are also doubts over the availability of Brendan Murphy and Daniel Currams.
ANTRIM'S build up has been blighted by the withdrawal of veteran, Liam Watson, from the Saffrons squad, with the player citing personal commitments for his decision to leave the panel. Watson had previously defected under 'Sambo' McNaughton's management and has lined out for Irish League outfit, Donegal Celtic, for the past two years.