Ryan back to rally Wexford

2001 All-Star defender Darragh Ryan has fought off injury to be included in the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare (Croke Park, throw-in 2.15pm).

2001 All-Star defender Darragh Ryan has fought off injury to be included in the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare (Croke Park, throw-in 2.15pm).

The St Anne's stalwart has been out of inter-county action since last March due to persistent problems with his knee. However, he returned to training recently and his presence could be vital as Wexford try to combat a Banner attack which includes Niall Gilligan, Alan Markham and Tony Griffin.

In all, Wexford manager Seamus Murphy has made three changes and three positional switches to the side that lost the Leinster final to Kilkenny.

Ryan takes the number 3 jersey with team captain Keith Rossiter moving to left corner back, Malachy Travers to right half-back and Richie Kehoe, a wing back the last day, slotted in at centre forward.

Michael Jacob, who impressed by scoring 1-04 when coming off the bench for the second half against Kilkenny, will start at right half-forward, while Tomas Mahon is in at left corner forward.

Injured duo Darren Stamp (knee ligaments) and PJ Nolan (shoulder), as well as Mitch Jordan, have made way.

The recalled Ryan could do little when these sides clashed at the same stage of last year's championship. Clare cut loose for a 1-20 to 0-12 victory at Croke Park with the aforementioned Gilligan (0-05), Markham (1-01) and Griffin (0-03) in fine fettle.

WEXFORD (SHC v Clare) - D Fitzhenry; D O'Connor, D Ryan, K Rossiter (capt); M Travers, D Ruth, D Lyng; R McCarthy, C Kenny; M Jacob, R Kehoe, E Quigley; S Doyle, R Jacob, T Mahon.

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