Limerick football blow as Lucey is ruled out

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

STEPHEN Lucey has been ruled out of the Limerick senior football team for Saturday’s Munster championship clash with Kerry.

STEPHEN Lucey has been ruled out of the Limerick senior football team for Saturday’s Munster championship clash with Kerry.

The key defender sustained a hamstring injury while playing in a challenge game for the county hurling side on Saturday against Galway.

Yesterday, Lucey’s worst fears were confirmed when the injury was diagnosed as a grade two tear to his hamstring.

The injury rules Lucey out of Saturday’s provincial football semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds and leaves him in a race against time to be fit for the hurling championship tie against Waterford on June 12.

Lucey joins his Croom colleague John Galvin on the sidelines ahead of the visit of The Kingdom.

And, another Croom man Mark O’Riordan is a major doubt.

Like Lucey, dual player O’Riordan sustained his injury while playing in a hurling challenge game three weeks ago against Offaly. The corner back hasn’t trained since due to a rib injury.

Maurice Horan’s Limerick panel continued their countdown to Saturday’s game with a training session in the Gaelic Grounds last evening and finalise their preparations on Thursday evening.

“We are just hoping that some of the injuries will clear up,” Maurice Horan said this Monday.

With Lucey and Galvin ruled out, Horan is still sweating on more injuries, aside from O’Riordan.

Newcastle West brothers Stephen and James Kelly are both carrying knocks. Stephen is suffering with a reacurrance of a groin strain, he sustained while playing rugby with Shannon earlier in the year.

The flying attacker aggravated the injury in a challenge game against Down two weeks ago and hasn’t taken a full part in training since.

Kerry will be without the suspended Tomas O’Se for the provincial semi-final, but manager Jack O’Connor has recalled Tommy Griffin to his panel.