Condon rated as ‘50-50’ for Limerick hurlers

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK hurling defender Tom Condon is rated as “50-50” to win his fitness battle ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final.

LIMERICK hurling defender Tom Condon is rated as “50-50” to win his fitness battle ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final.

The corner back limped out of the last game against Clare with a knee injury and hasn’t trained since.

“The only one that is going to be touch and go is Tom Condon and we really have to just wait and see,” explained Limerick manager John Allen yesterday afternoon.

“He did a small bit of light jogging at training the weekend, but that was all.”

The Limerick defence has remained unchanged for the last eight games and the absence of Condon could see Seamus Hickey make his first start of the year at corner back or Shane O’Neill come into the team for his first championship start of 2012.

“We might give Tom until Saturday - we will give him every opportunity to prove himself,” explained Allen.

Definitely not playing a role on Sunday is Thomas O’Brien. The Patrickswell man, who started in midfield against Antrim, suffered a broken ankle on club duty 10-days ago.

The progress of Conor Allis and Paul Browne is promising.

Both played a limited part in training over the weekend.

While time is against both, they could be ready for a role from the substitute’s bench on Sunday.

“We are confident that they will play a role at this stage,” confirmed the Limerick manager, who said that his team would be confirmed after training on Thursday night.

“The mood is very good - all is positive,” reported Allen.

“I am confident that we can get a performance that will reflect the hard work and dedication that all the players have shown,” said Allen.

Kilkenny have injury worries of their own with centre back Brian Hogan a major doubt with a leg injury.

However Brian Cody looks likely to welcome back trio JJ Delaney, Michael Rice and Michael Fennelly, who weren’t in the starting team against Galway due to injury.

Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan has urged Shannonside supporters to buy tickets in advance of Sunday’s game in Thurles.

The game has a 4,00 start in Semple Stadium with the other All-Ireland quarter-final between Cork and Waterford the curtain-raiser at 2.00.

O’Riordan has reported big demand for tickets with stand tickets likely to be sold out this Wednesday.

“Close to 20,000 tickets are already sold for the two games and we have a fairly constant demand at the office in the Gaelic Grounds,” explained the Limerick GAA Secretary.

The office in the Gaelic Grounds will be open until this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Stand tickets are €30, while terrace are €25. U-16s are €5 when accompanied by an adult.

Concessions are available for OAPs and students, while group tickets for teams and family tickets are also available.

“The best advise is to buy tickets in advance to save time on match day and to ensure that you get the best tickets in the stand,” said O’Riordan.