Waterford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald was admitted to hospital in Dublin this morning (Wednesday) to undergo ‘minor’ heart surgery.

The 38-year-old is to have an artery blockage cleared. “I’m hoping this is not too much of an ordeal, and I’m hoping it will all go well,” the Clareman said. Stents will be inserted into one of the arteries around his heart to clear the obstruction.

Fitzgerald, a renowned fitness fanatic who has always been tee-total and a non-smoker, got himself checked out after feeling unwell late last month.

The Sixmilebridge native, who kept goal for 17 seasons with the Banner, was shocked to learn he needed an operation more normally associated with people in their 50s and 60s. There is a history of cardiac conditions in Fitzgerald’s family.

However, it’s a relatively common procedure and he hopes to be back at home by Friday.

The stresses and strains of managing Waterford had already led him to take time out before deciding whether to continue in charge next year.

A highly-strung character, the constant commuting from Clare is one factor, while the pressures of an increasingly high-profile job were self-evident this summer as Waterford reached the All-Ireland semi-final 11 months after he’d led them to a first McCarthy Cup decider in 35 years. He’s also involved with other teams at various levels, and is a scratch golfer.

Devoted dad to Colm, Davy juggles his hurling commitments with various business interests, including a proposed €4m boutique hotel near Shannon airport.