Lee Chin spared some big decisions by long-suffering knee problem
Rising dual star produced a stunning performance for the Wexford under-21 hurlers in Wednesday’s provincial final win over Kilkenny
Wexford captain Lee Chin lifts the Robbins Cup as his team-mate Rhys Clarke celebrate. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
A long-suffering knee problem for Wexford dual player Lee Chin has postponed a very big decision for a very young man. Despite being named in both panels, Chin will not play for the Wexford hurlers or footballers in either of tomorrow’s qualifiers against Clare and Longford.
Chin underwent an MRI scan yesterday but was still named among Liam Dunne’s hurling substitutes while also attending football training last night so Aidan O’Brien’s physios could examine him.
The rising dual star produced a stunning performance for the Wexford under-21 hurlers in Wednesday’s provincial final against Kilkenny.
Chin’s contributions from centre back helped to end an 11-year quest for silverware.
“He has had a knee injury for some time,” O’Brien confirmed to The Irish Times. “After playing extra-time last night his knee has given him some trouble again. He played through the pain towards the end.
“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.”
For now but the debate will continue.
“It’s not movement that causes him problem but if he jars the knee or gets a bang on it it becomes a problem,” said O’Brien.
Despite the injury, so obviously exacerbated by the constant tug-o-war between the senior panels, both O’Brien and Gorman retain a shred of hope of using him, if not tomorrow then for Wexford’s next qualifier game. That’s presuming they progress.
The under-21 hurlers are not out again until facing the Ulster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 24th.
The 20-year-old was expected to come off the bench for the hurlers against Clare in Thurles. Speaking earlier this week Chin indicated that hurling would win out over the football qualifier against Longford in Pearse Park.
“With the hurling I have played every championship game and played both of the qualifiers,” said Chin. “This is the big one now, probably the biggest game of the year for us. If we beat Clare we are through to an All-Ireland quarter-final. And that is a big factor that is playing on my mind.
“With the footballers, we are going up to play Longford. It is going to be a tough ask too. I’m so confused at the moment. (But) getting to an All-Ireland (hurling) quarter-final would be one of (my) goals.”
Dunne was unavailable for comment but when asked if too much pressure was being placed on such young shoulders, O’Brien replied: “I can tell you, from my point of view, he comes under no pressure whatsoever. We support Lee 100 per cent in trying to make it as smooth as possible.
“I even told him on Monday not to give me a decision until he played the under-21 final because it may not even be an issue for him if his knee didn’t respond to treatment.