Two of the most celebrated Clare hurlers of recent times, both Fitzgerald and Lohan have been out of commission for the past number of weeks. Fitzgerald missed the concluding stages of the league after receiving a two months suspension, while Lohan played only 105 minutes of hurling in the pennant competition because of a long-term hamstring injury.
Lohan’s brother Frank will play his first championship game at full forward but Jamesie O’Connor failed to make Anthony Daly’s starting fifteen because of a hamstring injury picked up in Clare’s league game against Cork. But O’Connor has been included in the substitutes.
Meanwhile five members of the Kerry Under 21 team have been promoted to senior status for next Sunday’s David and Goliath clash with Cork in the first round of the Munster SHC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn, right corner back Brendan Blackwell, midfielder Darren Young, left half forward Ian McCarthy and left corner forward John Egan have all received their call-uppapers.
Team captain Tom Stack and long- serving midfield player John Quanereturn to the Limerick team for next Sunday’s first round Munster SFC clash with Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Stack missed the two points defeat by Kerry in the semi final of the league because of a hand injury. His return means that John McCarthy now takes over the full back position with Dermot Sheehy regulated to the substitutes bench and Mark O’Riordan lining out in the right corner of defence.
Quane is named at midfield as a direct replacement for Jason Stokes.
CLARE (SH v Waterford): D. Fitzgerald; B. Quinn, B. Lohan, B. O’Connell; C. Plunkett, S. McMahon, G. Quinn; O. Baker, D. McMahon; T. Griffen, C. Lynch, A. Markham; N. Gilligan, F. Lohan, D. Forde.
KERRY (SH v Cork): T. Flynn; B. Blackwell, A. Healy, A. Keane; K. O’Sullivan, J. McCarthy, C. Harris; A. Cronin, D. Young; P. O’Connell, S. Brick, I. MCarthy; E. Tuohy, J. M. Dooley, J. Egan.
LIMERICK (SF v Tipperary): S. O’Donnell; M. O’Riordan, J. McCarthy, T. Stack; C. Mullane, S. Lucey, D. Reidy; J. Galvin, J. Quane; S. Kelly, M. Gavin, M. O’Brien; C. Fitzgerald, J. Murphy, E Keating.