LIMERICK hurling captain Donal O’Grady is receiving treatment at -110 degrees Celsius in an effort to be fit for the All Ireland semi-final.
The inspirational centre forward missed the quarter-final win over Wexford and afterwards manager TJ Ryan revealed that the Granagh-Ballingarry man hadn’t trained since the Munster final due to a calf strain.
The 34 year old is receiving cryotherapy treatment to speed up the healing process in an effort to prove his fitness for the August 10 Croke Park clash with Kilkenny.
O’Grady and injured county minor Conor Fitzgerald have travelled to Ennis to enter the sub-zero chambers of the Shannon Cryotherapy Clinic.
All players (Declan Hannon, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon, Seamus Hickey and Shane Dowling) who received knocks during the Wexford game were expected to train this Wednesday night and again on Friday.
Results at senior and minor level last weekend means that Limerick hurling fans are Croke Park bound on successive Sundays in August.
On Sunday, August 10, TJ Ryan’s Limerick seniors will play Kilkenny in Croke Park in their All Ireland SHC semi-final at 3.30.
The curtain-raiser to that tie will be the Kilkenny v Waterford minor semi-final at 1.30.
The Limerick minors will be in semi-final action the following Sunday, August 17, when they play Galway, at 1.30, in the curtain-raiser to the Cork and Tipperary senior semi-final at 3.30.
All games will be televised live.
The target for both is to reach All Ireland hurling final day on September 7.
It is 2007 since Limerick last played in the All Ireland senior final, while it’s 2005 since Limerick last played in the minor decider.
Of course both were lost with 1973 and 1984 the last successes for the seniors and minors respectively.
Limerick are now 11/2 fourth favourites to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Kilkenny head the list at 11/8 with Cork and Tipperary available at 11/4.
Kilkenny are the 4/9 to beat Limerick in the semi-final, with 2/1 available for TJ Ryan’s men to advance past Brian Cody’s side.
At minor level, Limerick are now the 6/4 favourites to lift the Irish Press Cup. Kilkenny are 2/1 with Galway and Waterford at 4/1.