LIMERICK versatile defender Seamus Hickey has been ruled out of the Munster senior hurling championship clash with Tipperary.
Just two weeks ahead of the Semple Stadium clash is has been confirmed that the Murroe-Boher man broke a bone in his arm during his club’s victory over Ahane on Sunday in the opening round of the county senior hurling championship.
Hickey who has played centre back in recent challenge games for John Allen’s Limerick side suffered the bizzare injury while taking a line ball in the final minutes of the first half in the game in Cappamore.
He played on for a brief few minutes but was forced off and yesterday his worst fears were confirmed and he will now miss the May 27 clash with Tipperary.
Indeed Hickey could face up to two months on the sidelines with the injury.
The 2007 Young Hurler of the Year missed Limerick’s entire league campaign as he was studying abroad.
However he returned home from the US in time for the championship countdown and filled both the centre back and corner back roles in recent weeks and was a certain starter for the provincial quarter-final tie.
With Hickey ruled out attention will now turn to Declan Hannon.
The star attacker hasn’t played since February due to an on-going groin complaint. However he was due to return to full training this week in a final effort to prove his fitness ahead of the Munster championship.
Another on the treatment table is corner forward Thomas Quaid. The Effin man missed his club’s game at the weekend with a hamstring strain he picked up while playing in the Cork championship with Cork Institute of Technology.
Ahead of the Limerick v Tipperary hurling tie, attention switches to football this Sunday with Limerick playing Waterford in the Munster championship quarter-final in the Gaelic Grounds.
Maurice Horan’s side also have injury worries.
Already ruled out is stalwart midfielder John Galvin with a recurrence of his cruciate ligament injury.
Stephen Kelly (ligaments), Stephen Lucey (groin) and Cian Coady (hamstring) are on the treatment table but those players should be fit for Sunday.
Limerick’s team will be named later in the week with returning duo Tom Lee (Australia) and Mike Sheehan (America) both in line to instant returns to the starting line-up after missing the league campaigns as they were abroad.