LIMERICK football manager Maurice Horan is facing into an anxious couple of days as action returns in the Limerick SFC and IFC.
Almost all members of Horan’s inter-county panel will play club championship this Friday and Saturday - just one week before Limerick are in All-Ireland Qualifier action against Longford.
Already Limerick will be without Ian Ryan with Damien Quaid, Jim O’Donovan, Stephen Kelly, John Riordan, Mike Sheehan and others carrying knocks.
On top of that, two of the younger members of Horan’s panel - James O’Meara and Darragh Treacy have departed for America for the remainder of the Summer.
To offset that, Horan has brought former captain Micheal Reidy out of inter-county retirement and also added U-21 player Patrick O’Donnell to his panel.
“We just hope that everyone will come through the weekend,” said Limerick manager Horan.
“We have a couple of players with knocks and only time will tell if they are able to line out with their clubs this weekend. We will be monitoring all the games and fingers crossed we don’t pick up any fresh injuries,” said Horan.
As his Limerick side bid to bounce back from their 18-point Munster SFC loss to Cork, Limerick must travel to Pearse Park in Longford for a second successive year of the qualifiers.
“It will be a tough game - especially away from home again,” said Horan.
The Limerick SFC action kicks off with two games this Friday evening.
St Patricks and Adare meet in Bruff with both seeking a first win.
In Newcastle West Fr Caseys play Ballysteen in a repeat of the West Final, which Ballysteen won.
Both were beaten in their round one games.
On Saturday, Monaleen play Pallasgreen in Caherconlish looking for back-to-back wins.
Unbeaten Newcastle West and St Kierans meet in Rathkeale.
In Hospital, Galbally play Ballylanders in the south Limerick derby.
In Abbeyfeale, Dromcollogher-Broadford play Mountcollins.
All games start at 8.00