EXPERIENCED duo Johnny McCarthy and Seanie Buckley are ruled out of Limerick’s Allianz Football League clash with Wicklow this Sunday.
But Limerick senior football captain Padraig Browne has returned to the inter-county panel.
The Fr Casey’s man returned from a year long stay in Australia in the past week and trained with Maurice Horan’s Limerick panel this Tuesday.
Browne met with the Limerick management while home on holidays in Abbeyfeale over the Christmas period and has worked on an individual training programme for the past two months.
“He is not in bad shape at all,” said Limerick manager Horan of Browne, who missed all of last season with club and county.
“He will be in the panel for the weekend,” confirmed Horan.
Browne, who captained Limerick in 2007, will offer defensive options for Horan and his back room team, while the Fr Caseys man also played at wing forward under Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s tenure.
The boost of Browne’s addition to the squad comes on the back of John Galvin’s return from his cruciate ligament injury last Saturday in the easy win over Kilkenny.
However, there was also some bad news for Limerick football this week with Johnny McCarthy and Seanie Buckley both ruled out of Sunday’s Wicklow game. Both picked up hamstring injuries last weekend.
“The seven or eight day turn around is just too soon for them. It’s like a revolving door - some one comes back and another is ruled out,” sighed Horan.
The manager won’t confirm the Limerick team until Thursday night as he awaits news from the U-21 game 24-hours earlier where Eoghan O’Connor and James O’Meara play, along with fellow senior panelists; Darragh Treacy and Ian Corbett.
Stephen Lucey and Seamus O’Carroll didn’t start last weekend but available to start in Wicklow.
It will be a bit different to two years ago when Limerick had just 19 players togged out on a day when a vital draw was secured.