Molloy returns for Offaly

Derek Molloy has returned from injury ahead of Offaly's GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Phase 2 qualifier against Limerick at O'Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday (7pm).

The Shamrocks clubman was absent from the Faithful County line-up for their Leinster SHC semi-final replay against Galway last time out, having picked up an ankle injury in the drawn encounter at Croke Park.

Molloy is named at left-half-forward in one of two changes in personnel to the side which started in the two-point loss to Galway, with Cathal Parlon handed a starting berth in attack.

There are a number of positional switches in the side, with a shoulder injury to Stephen Egan leaving a vacancy in defence.

James Rigney drops from right-half-back to right-corner back; with David Franks moving to the left corner.

Dylan Hayden switches from midfield to right-half-back and is partnered by Paul Cleary and Derek Morkan.

A new look midfield paring sees both Brendan Murphy and Rory Hanniffy drop back from their forward roles last time out.

In attack Brian Carroll and Joe Brady maintain their half-forward berths, with Molloy slotting in on the left-wing.

Joe Bergin, who has netted two goals in this year's Championship to date; continues at full-forward, and is flanked by GAA Hurler of the Month Shane Dooley and Parlon.

Meanwhile, Michael Verney is ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained against Galway; while Daniel Currams is still suspended after his dismissal in the drawn encounter against the Tribesmen.

OFFALY (SH v Limerick): James Dempsey; James Rigney, David Kenny, David Franks; Dylan Hayden, Paul Cleary, Derek Morkan; Brendan Murphy, Rory Hanniffy; Brian Carroll, Joe Brady, Derek Molloy; Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Cathal Parlon.

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