Ireland has suffered an early blow ahead of its forthcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie against Belarus with the loss of Sam Barry to a hip injury.

Barry, who will be replaced by 23-year-old David O’Hare in the team, will not play any competitive tennis for four weeks and it is hoped he will be fit again for the home tie against either Egypt or Moldova in early April.

O'Hare is currently on scholarship at the University of Memphis and is part of the third-ranked doubles pair in all of collegiate tennis in the US.

It is likely he will pair up with doubles specialist James Cluskey (world ranking 150) in this challenging tie in Minsk. This is a first Davis Cup selection for O'Hare.

The team of Daniel Glancy, John Morrissey, James Cluskey and David O'Hare will travel to Minsk on Sunday 26 January in advance of the first round tie which takes place at the Republic Olympic Tennis Centre in Minsk from 30 January - 2 February.