Knee injury sidelines Wexford's Lee Chin

Dual player Lee Chin's hopes of playing for either the Wexford footballers or hurlers in tomorrow's All-Ireland qualifiers look to have been dashed by injury.

Knee injury sidelines Wexford's Lee Chin

Dual player Lee Chin's hopes of playing for either the Wexford footballers or hurlers in tomorrow's All-Ireland qualifiers look to have been dashed by injury.

Chin captained the Wexford Under-21 hurlers to a famous Leinster final win over Kilkenny on Wednesday night and was facing a decision as to which team to line out for tomorrow evening.

The Wexford senior hurlers are in action against Clare in Thurles tomorrow at 5pm, with the county's senior football team due to play Longford away at 7pm.

However, a long-standing knee problem has decided Chin's fate and the talented 20-year-old will now not play for either the hurlers or footballers.

Chin has had an MRI scan on the injured knee and Wexford football manager Aidan O'Brien, who included the Sarsfields clubman on the bench for the Longford game, says he is unlikely to see any action.

"He has had a knee injury for some time. After playing extra-time last night (Wednesday) his knee has given him some trouble again. He played through the pain towards the end," O'Brien told the Irish Times.

"I have spoken to Lee and there is a fairly strong possibility he may not be able to play so that therefore pre-empts any decision about whether he plays hurling or football. His injury appears to have taken care of the whole situation if you know what I mean."

O'Brien has made one change to his starting line-up for the trip to Pearse Park, with Shane Roche making way for Castletown attacker James Holmes at wing forward.

Wexford also met Longford in last year's Championship, playing out two high-quality Leinster quarter-final clashes. The sides drew at Croke Park before Wexford won the replay in Tullamore by a point (1-13 to 0-15).

WEXFORD (SFC v Longford): Anthony Masterson; Michael Furlong, Graeme Molloy, Robert Tierney; Brian Malone, David Murphy, Adrian Flynn; Daithi Waters, Rory Quinlivan; James Holmes, Ben Brosnan, Aindreas Doyle; Ciaran Lyng, Redmond Barry, PJ Banville.

Subs: Tom Hughes, Lee Chin, Paddy Byrne, Conor Carty, Brendan Mulligan, Shane Roche, Kevin Gore, Sean Culleton, Killian Kehoe, Kevin O'Grady, Paidi Kelly.

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