Limerick footballers boosted by Galvin return

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

JOHN Galvin could be set for a dramatic return to the Limerick senior football colours this Saturday evening just weeks after a potentially career ending injury.

JOHN Galvin could be set for a dramatic return to the Limerick senior football colours this Saturday evening just weeks after a potentially career ending injury.

Just 10 weeks ago the midfield maestro suffered a recurrence of the cruciate ligament injury that forced him to miss all of last season’s championship.

The injury sustained in a league game against Fermanagh was diagnosed as a partial tear but it was still thought that Galvin would require an operation.

However, he underwent two months of rehab and returned to training with Maurice Horan’s Limerick panel in the past week.

Yesterday afternoon, Horan confirmed that Galvin could be included among the subs for the Munster semi-final against Clare this Saturday.

The Limerick team will be announced after training this evening.

There could be at least one change from the side that defeated Waterford in round one of the provincial championship.

Pacy forward Stephen Kelly was introduced as a sub last time out and proved in fitness in a club hurling game at the weekend and could reclaim his usual wing forward slot.

Like his fellow midfielder John Galvin, Jim O’Donovan is also struggling for fitness but regardless is unlikely to separate Tom Lee and Paul Kinnerk, who dominated against Waterford.

“It’s a Munster semi-final and that’s what everyone looks forward to. The last few weeks have been great - it’s fair nice to go out training, where else would you rather be?” explained Limerick captain Ger Collins.

While a Munster final spot against Cork or Kerry is the incentive for the winner, Collins maintains that no one is looking beyond The Banner.

“I think no one it looking past Clare - Clare beat us in the league and showed us how it was done really. They were a much better team than us and we know the task ahead,” outlined Collins.

Collins captains Limerick by virtue of Monaleen’s county championship win last season. Guiding the Monaleen fortunes was Micheal McDermott - who is the current Clare manager.

“He a good trainer - a all rounder, he is a manager, an organiser and a motivator. He will do all the talking, a very good manager,” said Collins of the man plotting Limerick’s downfall.

“We know the task ahead of ourselves - we have trained well and no doubt that they have also,” said the Monaleen attacker.

Collins attends Limerick Institute of Technology with a number of the Clare panel and said that there will be little secrets between the Shannonside neighbours.

“There are a good few of us there and of course we know a lot about each other - Limerick and Clare will always know each other.”