BOTH Kilmallock and Adare have injury doubts ahead of the 2012 Limerick county senior hurling final on Sunday week, October 7 in the Gaelic grounds
This week Kilmallock were listed as the hot 1/3 favourites to regain the Daly Cup.
Adare were priced at 5/2 to return the title to the village that last tasted success with the completion of their three-in-a-row in 2009.
This week both Tony Considine and Ger O’Loughlin had injury concerns.
Adare have both Donncha Sheehan and Mike Clifford on the treatment table.
Both were withdrawn injured in their semi-final win over Garryspillane.
Sheehan, who is looking to win a sixth Limerick SHC medal on the starting team, is suffering with ankle ligaments.
Full back Clifford has a calf strain injury.
However, Adare will be boosted by the return of inter-county star Declan Hannon.
He missed the semi-final due to suspension.
Kilmallock also have concerns over their full back.
Philip O’Loughlin has an on-going knee injury, while his younger brother Mark also picked up an injury in their semi-final win over Na Piarsaigh.
The Limerick SHC final will be the first ever final meeting of Kilmallock and Adare.
Indeed championship meetings of the sides have been rare.
Back in 2008 they met in the semi-final when Adare were 1-12 to 2-8 winners.
Adare are chasing their sixth ever title.
Current corner back Stephen Lavin and forward Sheehan have started all five previous final victories.
Manager Ger O’Loughlin guided them to three of those wins prior to departing to take over as Clare manager for two years.
The man O’Loughlin replaced as Clare manager was Tony Considine.
On Sunday week, the duo will face each other along the sideline.
Considine is seeking his second crown with Kilmallock and their 10th in total.
The Limerick champions will be in Munster club action on October 28 when they have home advantage against the Tipperary champions in the provincial quarter-final.
The Limerick SHC final won’t be televised live on TG4 this season.
And, for the first time in a number of years the premier minor hurling championship final, between Patrickswell and Doon, will be the curtain raiser.
The minor final will be refereed by former inter-county footballer, Johnny Murphy of the Ballylanders-Glenroe clubs.