LIMERICK goalkeeper Nickey Quaid will miss this weekend’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game against Carlow in the Gaelic Grounds and is now also a doubt for the game against Dublin in Croke Park on March 16.
Quaid injured his ankle in training on the Tuesday before Limerick’s win over Antrim and is still struggling to shake off the injury.
“He went for an MRI scan last week,” said Limerick manager John Allen, “but it’s still unclear how long he’ll be out for. He’ll definitely miss the game this weekend and he could be out for the Dublin game as well. It’s tough on Nickey and at this time of the year you could miss nearly the entire league if you’re only out for a couple of weeks.
“It’s a chance for Aaron Murphy and he’s a fine young keeper. Sub goalkeepers rarely get a look in so this is a chance for him.
“We’ve also brought Barry Hennessy from Kilmallock in to the panel and Tommy Quaid can play in goals too.”
Limerick should have too much strength for Carlow on Sunday although Allen isn’t taking the challenge lightly.
“I saw highlights of their game against Wexford on TG4 and they were very impressive. They were in contention right up until the end and they supported each other very well.
“We felt we trained very well in the run up to the Antrim game but we gave a bad performance. We’ve trained well since that and we’ll be looking for an improvement.”
And Allen is delighted that the hurling game is on first in the Gaelic Grounds. “12.45 is early for a game but it’s definitely better to be playing before the footballers.”