Fitzhenry to captain Wexford

Veteran goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry will lead out Wexford for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at Croke Park.

Veteran goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry will lead out Wexford for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at Croke Park.

The Duffry Rovers clubman has been chosen as the county's new team captain after their 2007 skipper Nigel Higgins was dropped from the panel last week for showing up late for training.

Wexford boss John Meyler immediately axed Higgins, who arrived 15 minutes late for the session, and the move will see Fitzhenry take on the captaincy for what could be his last inter-county game, depending on the result.

The 33-year-old net minder, who won All-Star awards in 1997 and 2004, could be about to call time on a career which included three Leinster titles and most famously, an All-Ireland in 1996.

In the aftermath of last year's quarter-final defeat to Clare and amid rumours of his retirement, he insisted: "My appetite is as strong as ever, and I'm really enjoying my hurling."

Midfielder Kevin Kavanagh, whose old groin injury has flared up again, and forward Stephen Doyle are both injury doubts for Wexford ahead of Sunday's clash. Doyle damaged his ankle in a recent practice match against the Wexford intermediate side.

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