O’Connell back for Clare’s clash with Cork

NOEL MORRIS, who broke his leg in the autumn, returns at midfield in to the Tipperary team for the first time since last year’s championship for Sunday’s glamour Allianz National Hurling League tie with Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.

However, the Premier County will be without captain Brian O’Meara, who broke two toes in the last outing against Cork. He is expected to spend a considerable period on the sideline.

Eamonn Corcoran, who missed the defeat against Cork due to illness, returns at wing-back while, Martin Maher comes in at

corner-back. David Kennedy retains his place at centre-back, after replacing Aidan Butler during the course of the game against Cork.

John Devane, Richie Flannery, Colin Morrissey, all of whom played against Cork, are among the substitutes.

Apart from Andy Comerford, still sidelined with a long-term groin injury, Kilkenny report a clean bill of health and will name their side tonight.

Elsewhere, Daithi O’Connell, from the Wolfe Tone club in Shannon, who made a major impression when called into the Clare team at the start of the competition but who subsequently lost out when he went down with flu, is back in the Banner County side at left corner forward for Sunday’s clash with Cork at Cusack Park.

Both Conor Plunkett and Jamesie O’Connor, who missed the last game against Waterford because of injury, are both fully fit again. Plunkett will start at right half-back with O’Connor at left half-forward. At the start of the competition O’Connor lined out at midfield, but Gerry Quinn now partners Colin Lynch in the middle.

Cork will not select their side until after training tomorrow night.

The four Na Piarsaigh players on the panel - the Ó hAilpin brothers, Sean Óg and Setanta, Mark Prendergast and John Gardiner - are due to play with their club in a senior football championship game against O’Donovan Rossa on Saturday night.

Derek Barrett, Jerry O’Connor, Cian O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Sullivan and captain Alan Browne are all

nursing injuries.

Galway have left two vacancies in the side selected to play Wexford at the weekend.

Declan O’Brien starts at centre-back, having recently returned to the panel while David Forde of Clarinbridge starts at corner-forward.

Wexford have four injury doubts and will not select their side until tonight.

Captain Paul Codd is troubled with a back injury, full- back David O’Connor and Declan Ruth are both on the treatment table with hamstring injuries, while Christy McGrath, who scored two goals in the last game against Offaly, is carrying a groin injury.

Limerick will name their team to play Waterford after training tonight but Brian Geary and Stephen Lucey are not expected to be in the frame. Geary has a broken bone in his hand, while dual star Lucey is still suffering from the effects of an ankle injury he sustained in the Sigerson Cup.

Steve McDonagh is away on his honeymoon and both John Mescall (leg) and Mark Keane (wrist) are fighting to regain full fitness.

Laois will also announce their team to play Offaly at Birr on Sunday after training tonight. Prolific scorer David Cuddy will again miss out however, because of a broken finger and dual star Darren Rooney may not be

included.

The dual player will be involved with the Laois footballers in the league semi final against All-Ireland champions Armagh on Sunday week and might be released by the hurling selectors.

Meanwhile, Dessie Farrell returned to training with Dublin at St David’s, Artane last night. Farrell took no part in the League which concluded last Sunday and was not included in the training panel. He last played for Dublin in last summer’s All-Ireland

semi-final defeat to Armagh.

The Na Fianna man had picked up a shoulder injury in the previous game against Donegal (replay) when setting up Ray Cosgrove for a crucial goal at the Hill 16 end and underwent an operation early in the New Year.

Farrell signalled his clear intent to earn his place back in the senior squad when he scored 2-2 in a recent challenge game among the Dublin players and ‘guest extras’ in Parnell Park.

TIPPERARY (SH v Kilkenny): B Cummins, M Maher, P Maher, B Dunne, E Corcoran, D Kennedy, B Horgan, T Dunne, N Morris, M O Leary, C Gleeson, J Carroll, E Kelly, G O’Grady, L Corbett

CLARE (SH v Cork). D. Fitzgerald; B. Quinn, B. Lohan, F. Lohan; C. Plunkett, S. McMahon, D. Hoey; C. Lynch, G. Quinn; T. Griffen, A. Markham, J. O'Connor; N. Gilligan. T. Carmody, D. O'Connell.

GALWAY (SH v Wexford) L Donoghue, D Joyce, T O’Reagan, O Canning. AN Other, D O’Brien, B Mahoney, R Gantley, R Murray, D Tierney, C Moore, AN Other, O Fahy, M Kerins, D Forde.

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