Anxious wait for Limerick football duo

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

John Galvin pictured in Croke Park after the league final win
LIMERICK football duo John Galvin and Ian Ryan are to undergo scans in the next 24-hours that will determine their chances of playing in the Munster championship on May 25.

LIMERICK football duo John Galvin and Ian Ryan are to undergo scans in the next 24-hours that will determine their chances of playing in the Munster championship on May 25.

The pair both suffering injuries in the closing stages of Saturday’s Division Four National League win over Offaly in Croke Park.

The league final was Galvin’s first start after battling back to full fitness after a second cruciate ligament operation.

Limerick supporters feared the worst when the influencial midfielder went down with an injured leg.

However, Limerick manager Maurice Horan confirmed it was a hamstring strain and not a return of his knee injury.

The manager is confident both will be ready for the Munster championship clash with Cork in the Gaelic Grounds.

“My experience of hamstrings is that it will be a minimum of two weeks - they grade hamstring tears and grade one would be two weeks and a grade two would be four weeks and maybe worse,” he said of Galvin.

“Ian Ryan has torn ligaments down the front of his ankle - ligaments can be a minimum of 10-days to two weeks.”

He added: “It’s four weeks to Cork but the two lads have plenty training built up so hopefully they will be ok”.

“They will still be able to do some training off their field - it’s a set-back but we have to plough on,” said the Limerick manager.

On top of the two new injuries, Johnny McCarthy (hamstring), Andy Lane (groin) and Ger Collins (illness) were late withdrawals from the named team.

Also absent were Brian Scanlon, Stephen Kelly and Jim O’Donovan.

Those six players should be available for the Cork game, albeit, Kelly and O’Donovan will be very much short of match fitness after missing all eight games in the league campaign.

There is little time for the Limerick footballers to rest as all will be back on duty with their clubs this coming May Bank Holiday weekend as the Limerick SFC and IFC kicks-off.

“It’s heads down now although they will go back to the clubs this week,” said Maurice Horan in reference to the fast approaching Munster SFC.

“When we met back a the start of the year we said we wanted to get promoted and win every game. We are getting ready to play Cork in four weeks time and its all to play for and it’s something we have got to look forward to,” said Limerick football manager Maurice Horan after the final win over Offaly.