Declan Hannon at centre back in Limerick hurling team to play Offaly

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick hurling captain Donal O'Grady in action against Paudie Foley of Wexford last Sunday
DECLAN Hannon has been named at centre back for Limerick’s crunch Allianz Hurling League tie with Offaly this Saturday.

DECLAN Hannon has been named at centre back for Limerick’s crunch Allianz Hurling League tie with Offaly this Saturday.

The make or break round four game in Division 1B has a 7.00 start in the Gaelic Grounds.

With promotion in mind, not only does TJ Ryan’s Limerick have to record a win but they must also be mindful of improving their scoring difference against Brian Whelehan’s Leinster county.

There are two changes to the Limerick team from the side that dramatically beat Wexford last Sunday.

After impressing as substitutes in Innovate Wexford Park, both Cian Lynch and Seanie Tobin earn places in the Limerick attack.

Dropping out of the team are centre back Wayne McNamara and David Reidy.

McNamara has received treatment in recent weeks for a leg injury but it is not known yet if he will be named among the subs or if he is 100% ruled out injured.

Also absent is Tom Condon, who has failed to recover sufficiently after limping out of the Wexford game when suffered a recurrance of an old groin injury in the warm-up.

With Hannon moving from centre forward to centre back, it means just two members of the Limerick defence remain in situ from the All Ireland SHC semi-final last August - Richie McCarthy and Seamus Hickey.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Conor Allis, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Paul Browne, James Ryan, David Breen, Donal O’Grady, Cian Lynch; John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Seanie Tobin.