Murphy: 'Deise's bad luck at an end'

Waterford hurler Eoin Murphy believes the Deise's bad luck is finally at an end. The defender reckons that Justin McCarthy's side can turn a corner and put a recent spate of injuries behind them as they focus on the championship head.

Murphy is currently on the injury list alongside Dan Shanahan, Eoin Kelly and Paul Flynn while Tony Browne is serving a suspension.

Murphy outlined how his own injury occurred recently.

"I broke my arm about two and a half weeks ago. It just was a freak accident more than anything else and I broke the radius," he told squareballz.com.

"It broke and then it fractured so I had to get an operation and there was a plate and pins inserted so it will be another seven or eight weeks before I'll be back in action I'd say."

Murphy is keeping positive and is glad that Waterford's injuries have occurred during the spring and not in the heat of the championship.

"It would be worse if the injuries happened later in the year  down the line when it's all or nothing come an All-Ireland quarter-final or semi-final but before that with the back door now you have a second chance," he assured.

"We'll hopefully won't need to use that if we can get over Clare in the first round and then Limerick and then into a Munster final.

"Hopefully the injuries will clear up and when we need our first fifteen when the big day comes, everyone will be alright."

Following the disappointments of recent campaigns, Murphy believes that 2008 is a crunch year in the Deise's quest for the Liam McCarthy Cup, and that this summer is 'all or nothing' for his side.

"We've won three Munster titles now since 2002 and we won our first National League title last year. Expectations rise like anything else  if a team gets better the fans expect more," he said.

"The big one is the McCarthy Cup and I think that everyone in Waterford wants to win the All-Ireland. But for Waterford to win a final they must first get into one and we've failed to do so.

"We've had a lot of opportunities, four or five since 1998. They don't come around every year so you need to make the most of them."

Waterford firstly have to overcome Clare on June 1 if they are to advance in the Munster championship and should this happen, Murphy is expected to make a return for a semi-final meeting with Limerick a fortnight later.

"It would be a nice one to come back for," he admitted.

"First and foremost we must beat Clare and that won't be easy. It's in Limerick which is nearly in their back yard, it's not too far out from Shannon. They'll be going hard for us.

"We didn't have a great league and things aren't going great (for us). With injuries and people talking, no one has spoken about Clare.

"I don't remember hearing about them much since January or February. They'll be all out (for that game) with nothing to lose."

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