STAR Limerick hurler Declan Hannon isn’t being considered for a starting role for Sunday’s Munster championship clash with Tipperary - but he could make an appearance as a sub.
Limerick will name their team at training on Wednesday night but Hannon, who was nominated for young player of the year last year but missed the entire league this season because of injury, will start the game on the bench.
Limerick manager John Allen confirmed to LeaderSport that the talented teenager will be involved on Sunday in Thurles, but not from the start.
“He’s had no side-effects since his return last week. He’s available, but he definitely won’t be starting,” said John Allen.
Hannon only returned to full training last week after missing the entire league with a groin strain.
“He’s in a similar position to Lar Corbett in that he hasn’t done any hurling or hasn’t trained in three months,” said the Limerick manager.
Limerick could include at least four of last year’s Munster U-21 winning team.
Teenager Shane Dowling will be among those to make a championship debut.
But selector Eamonn Meskell has no fears over the young talent.
“They seem to be old heads on young shoulders - its like they were here before, they take everything in their stride,” said Meskell.
“I don’t think the big day will over awe them or anything like that. For limerick hurling’s point of view its great to now have a team with a bit of youth and the blend of experience,” he explained.
“They are quite lads but they have a sense of presence.”
He continued: “we are going out next Sunday and will put our best foot forward. Of course we are playing a fine team in Tipperary but we don’t have any fears”.
“I think it is great for Limerick that we have a fine team with a mix and some great youth coming through. It’s an exciting team with all this talent - a nice time to be involved,” said the Ahane man.
The bookies make Tipperary the hottest 1/6 favourites, with Limerick available at 9/2.
But Meskell isn’t worried.
“The rivalry that is there between Limerick and Tipperary will make for a great occasion,” he said.
Limerick went to Thurles this Monday night and complete their preparations with Wednesday night’s training and another session on Friday in the Gaelic Grounds.
“Certainly there is that bit more of a cutting edge to training,” said Meskell of the countdown to Sunday.
With Hannon confirmed to start from the bench, Limerick will otherwise select from a near full strength panel, aside from the injured Seamus Hickey.