Limerick injuries on the mend

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Kevin Downes hoping to prove his fitness ahead of the All-Ireland semi-final
LIMERICK senior hurling manager John Allen is “hoping” that he will select from a full squad for the All-Ireland semi-final.

LIMERICK senior hurling manager John Allen is “hoping” that he will select from a full squad for the All-Ireland semi-final.

Allen expects that both Seanie Tobin and Kevin Downes will train next Sunday morning in efforts to prove their fitness after foot injuries.

The attacking duo are now the only injury concerns ahead of the August 18 Shannonside derby against Clare.

“Everyone came through last weekend’s club games, which is great,” Allen told LeaderSport.

Neither Tobin (foot ligament) or Downes (broken toe) lined out for their respective clubs.

“They are now yet back training with us but they should be back by the weekend,” explained the Limerick manager.

“None of them are certainly ruled out of the match. We will wait until Sunday and the doctor James Ryan and Mark Van Drumpt (physio) will make a call on where they both stand,” outlined Allen.

“Their hope is to do something on Sunday. We have been very lucky up until now with injuries so hopefully everything will work out again. We will just wait until we see them out on the field,” said Allen.

His team will train this Thursday night, again on Sunday and they complete preparations with sessions next Tuesday and Thursday - all in the Gaelic Grounds.

The Limerick minors are also reporting positive news on the injury front.

Brian Ryan’s side have a slight concern about bruising to the hand of defender Stephen Cahill but he will be available for selection for the encounter with Mattie Murphy’s Galway.

While the seniors have opted not to make a pre-semi final trip to Dublin, the minors will be in Croke Park this Sunday for the first of the All-Ireland senior and minor semi-finals, between Dublin and Cork and Kilkenny and Waterford, respectively.

This week Croke Park confirmed the referees for all semi-finals.

Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan is to referee the senior clash of Limerick and Clare, while Wexford’s James Owens will be in the man in the middle this Sunday for the Dublin v Cork semi-final.

The GAA and RTE have, also, confirmed this week that both the Limerick minor and senior semi-final on Sunday week will be televised live on RTE Two television.