LIMERICK hurler David Breen is to miss the remainder of the National Hurling League.
The Na Piarsaigh man is to under go knee surgery this week and will be out of action for March and April.
Confirmation of the Breen absence came this Tuesday as the inter-county man was honoured in Croke Park as the Munster club Hurler of the Year.
“I’m going for a knee operation this week and in fairness to the guys, TJ and Donal, they said to take whatever time I needed. I am looking to get back at probably the end of April and we will see where it goes from there,” said 27 year old Breen.
“Mentally as well as everything else, there are injuries I need to clear up. There are a few things with the knee that have been going on for a long time – the kind of thing that you can play with but the following day you will pay the price for it. To be honest over the last couple of years I’ve only been operating at 80 per cent, I have felt myself. You’re putting it off and off. There is never a right time but now I am making a tough call on it and I have to take the time now really,” said Breen.
“It’s a great thing being involved in a club that is so successful but one of the drawbacks is that it is a long season. There is a never a right time because if you say during the club season they have been waiting for you all year with Limerick and if you say it with Limerick you might not get your chance again. Look, this is the decision I’ve made and I think it is a wise decision at this stage.”