Injuries could force Limerick hurling team delay

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick manager TJ Ryan
TJ Ryan could wait until less than 48-hours before Sunday’s Munster SHC semi final to confirm his starting team in order to give his injured stars every chance to prove their fitness.

TJ Ryan could wait until less than 48-hours before Sunday’s Munster SHC semi final to confirm his starting team in order to give his injured stars every chance to prove their fitness.

Ahead of Sunday’s Gaelic Grounds clash with Tipperary, Limerick have a number of injuries and while all are hopeful of proving their fitness management may be forced to wait until Friday evening to announce their starting line-up.

Gavin O’Mahony and Paul Browne have been the main concerns for the past two weeks, while others like Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey and Graeme Mulcahy have seen off their respective knocks.

Come Sunday afternoon, Limerick are expected to be able to call upon all of their 30-man panel, except the suspended Seanie Tobin and injured goalkeeper Nickie Quaid, with Barry Hennessy again taking his the role between the posts.

But TJ Ryan and selectors have options available if they wish to make changes from the Clare win, with Wayne McNamara pushing for a return to defence and fit again duo David Breen and Kevin Downes options in attack.

Breen was expected to miss the Tipperary game but his recovery is ahead of schedule after a foot injury.

Tipperary, meanwhile, have injury worries over John O’Dwyer, Cathal Barrett, Kieran Bergin, Michael Cahill and Lar Corbett.