THE Limerick footballers will embark on the All-Ireland qualifiers without the services of Stephen Lavin.
The Adare 32 year old Primary School teacher is to travel abroad for a number of weeks and will have left the country ahead of the July 14 qualifier.
“I’ve never given up a summer for about 13 or 14 years playing with club and county,” confirmed Lavin to LeaderSport.
“I made up my mind at the start of the year that I would go away for most of the month of July. I booked the flights and the decision was made. I would have been around for the Munster final but would have been gone a few days later,” said Lavin this Wednesday afternoon.
On top of the loss of key defender Lavin, Limerick manager Maurice Horan and his management team are sweating on the fitness of Ger Collins and Iain Corbett.
Both suffered injuries in club action last weekend with Collins (foot) and Corbett (shoulder) likely to be sidelined for up to three weeks.
Paul Kinnerk (hamstring) is another receiving treatment.
After the disappointment of losing to Clare the panel returned to training this Tuesday night and afterwards watched a DVD of the Clare game.
Limerick play Tipperary in a challenge game this Thursday night.
They will have to wait until after the round one qualifier games to find out their first opponents in the qualifiers.
The list of possibilities are London or Antrim, Wicklow or Waterford, Westmeath or Louth, Tipperary or Offaly, Laois or Carlow, Longford or Derry, Roscommon or Armagh or Fermanagh and Cavan.
Limerick will need to win three games to match the All-Ireland quarter-final appearance of 2011.