Wexford manager Darragh Egan says he's yet to train with his full squad as a result of the number of Covid-19 cases and close contacts within his squad.

The Yellowbellies started life under the Tipperary native on Sunday as an experimental side came away from Rathdowney with an 11-point win over Laois.

He was able to welcome back Paudie Foley, who had elected to step away for the last year of Davy Fitzgerald's reign in the southeast, as well as regulars including Rory O'Connor, Conor McDonald, Kevin Foley, Simon Donohoe, Cathal Dunbar and goalkeeper Mark Fanning.

Egan acknowledged that it has been a balancing act so far for him and his squad.

"We have nine training sessions done this year and Id say we've never had more than 70% of our panel available to us," he told RTÉ's Sunday Sport.

"We seem to be coming out the right end of it at this stage but we were down a few today. There were 14 or 15 missing at some of the training sessions over the last few weeks.

"That's nationwide unfortunately; that's the way things have been. I'm delighted that all the lads got a bit of action today and we're going to really attack January now and get in a good base for the league campaign.

"We used 25 today and we'll probably use another 10 the next day [against Kilkenny]."

Egan was appointed to the role in September after Fitzgerald elected not to seek another term. He had previously worked alongside Liam Sheedy during his most recent term in charge of the Premier County.

"It's been great," he said of his time with Wexford thus far.

"I got a really good welcome and I was delighted to get down and see most of the club matches from the [Wexford championship] quarter-final stage onwards.

"The work has started in earnest in the last month. The response from the players has been great. I've a very good working relationship with Keith Rossiter with the under-20s.

"I'm really happy with it so far."