LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan is confident that he will have a full squad available for the All Ireland SHC semi-final.
With just over 10-days to the Croke Park clash with Kilkenny, Limerick’s biggest worry is captain Donal O’Grady, who missed the quarter-final win over Wexford with a calf strain.
Others like Shane Dowling, Tom Condon, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey and Richie McCarthy picked up knocks during the 24-point win over Wexford, but all should be ok for Sunday week
“Donal O’Grady has had a calf injury for the last couple of weeks and it ruled him out for today and we will hopefully have him back in two weeks time - we need him,” said Limerick manager TJ Ryan.
He added: “I would be hoping that Donal O’Grady might get back to training during the week. He hasn’t been able to train for the last two weeks with an injured leg”.
“We need all those guys to come right because we need them all in Croker - a couple of cuts but I think they are all super facial and can be patched up with stitches,” said Ryan.
Elsewhere in the panel, the two week break between the quarter-final and semi-final will afford greater time on the training field to Conor Allis, David Reidy and Alan Dempsey, who are all battling back to full match fitness are recent injuries.
The match against Wexford did see Limerick hand a first championship start to Tom Ryan (South Liberties), while Ahane’s Dan Morrissey made his first ever appearance in a championship tie when replacing Tom Condon for the final minutes.
Indeed Morrissey was one of six substitutions used by Limerick such was the one-way traffic in the second half.
Also introduced was Niall Moran. He was talked out of retirement less than two months ago and this was his first appearance of the season.
Overall it was a good day at the office for manager TJ Ryan and his players.
“We have to be happy - we are in an All Ireland semi-final and two years in a row Limerick go to Croke Park and that’s what we want. We are in the last four and that’s what we wanted to achieve this weekend - from the lads point of view, it’s a place they wanted to get back to since August 18 last year,” outlined the Limerick manager in reference to last year’s semi-final loss to Clare.
“We are happy to be where we are - we have a semi-final to prepare for and we have a job to do now. We got to go and show up in Croke Park,” he stressed.
“We are facing the might of Kilkenny in Croke Park in two weeks time and its a great position to be in but at the same time it’s going to be very tough.”
Tickets for the All Ireland semi-final are now on public sale on gaa.tickets.ie Stand tickets cost €40, while Hill 16 terrace tickets are €25. Stand tickets for U-16s cost €5.
The game will have a 3.30 start and will be live on RTE television.