LIMERICK hurling goalkeeper Nickie Quaid is a major doubt for the Munster championship quarter-final against Clare after suffering a collar bone injury.
Quaid required a hospital stay after he sustained the injury during Limerick training on Friday night and leaves him in a race against time for the May 24 clash with Clare in Semple Stadium in Thurles.
Quaid is an ever present in championship hurling between the posts for Limerick since 2011 after he made his debut as an outfield player in 2010.
If Effin clubman Quaid doesn’t get back to full fitness, TJ Ryan and management will select between Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown) and Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock). Murphy has played league hurling in the last two years but Hennessey is yet to make a competitive senior debut.
On top of the Quaid injury, Limerick are also sweating on the fitness of captain Donal O’Grady, who sustained an ankle injury during the Allianz League quarter final defeat to Dublin.
This Saturday evening, at 7pm, Limerick begin the countdown to the championship when they play Galway in a challenge game in Na Piarsaigh’s GAA grounds in Caherdavin.