Devane in defence for Tipperary

Michael Ellard and Brendan Larkin

Other changes from the side that defeated Limerick after a replay see Francis Devanney at centre-forward and Michael Webster at full-forward to the exclusion of Maher and Paddy O’Brien.

Moving Devane from attack to defence in place of the injured Maher was an easy decision for the Tipperary selectors, said manager Ken Hogan.

“John comes with loads of experience, he was the player of the tournament in the Fitzgibbon Cup,’’ he said.

“He is back in his natural position at full-back ,’’ he added.

Maher underwent a cartilage operation on Tuesday but is confident of being back in a few weeks. He picked up the injury in training last Sunday.

“I went to take off after catching a ball and I felt something go,’’ he said.

“I knew something was wrong straight away. I wasn’t in a lot of pain, but I could not stay running. I had to limp off.’’

Maher said he was grateful to Cork-born surgeon Tadhg O’Sullivan, who operated on him.

“He saw me straight away. I went down on Tuesday morning, got the job done and came home in the evening. I was lucky it was cartilage and not ligament damage. When it happened I was told by the doctor and our physio it was probably cartilage. I did my cruciate the last time (two years ago) and I was a bit worried until Tadhg confirmed it was cartilage.”

Team captain John Hudson is one of three high-profile absentees from the Wexford forward line to face Carlow in the Leinster SFC quarter-final in Croke Park on Sunday.

The Starlights man is out with a calf muscle injury and Mattie Forde takes over the captain’s role. Right half-forward Diarmuid Kinsella, scorer of the goal in the league final against

Armagh, has been demoted, while left half-forward John Hegarty misses out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

Páraic Curtis, who missed most of the league campaign through injury, comes in at left half-back, with Shane Cullen moving to fill the number 12 jersey vacated by Hegarty. U-21 player Darren Foran leads the attack, with Paddy Colfer taking over Hudson’s role on the edge of the square.

Teenage attacker PJ Banville is named at right corner-forward, with Redmond Barry moving from there to the wing, where he replaces Kinsella.

Outgoing selector Seamus Qualter will take charge of the Westmeath hurlers in the Christy Ring Cup following Tom Ryan’s resignation as manager. Ryan, along with selectors Pat O’Toole and Mick Cosgrove, stood down after only 13 players showed for training last Thursday.

Qualter, a member of the Southern Gaels club in Athlone, was the only member of the outgoing management who wanted to remain involved, and was appointed manager on an interim basis at a hurling board meeting on Tuesday night.

The Tipperary intermediate hurling team to face Clare in Sunday’s Munster semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds is unchanged from that which defeated Limerick in the first round.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Clare): B Cummins; E Corcoran, J Devane, P Curran; D Fanning, D Kennedy, D Fitzgerald; B Dunne, P Kelly; C Morrissey, F Devanney, T Dunne; E Kelly, M Webster, L Corbett.

WEXFORD (SFC v Carlow): J Cooper; C Morris, P Wallace, N Murphy; D Breen, D Murphy, P Curtis; N Lambert, D Fogarty; R Barry, D Foran, S Cullen; PJ Banville, P Colfer, M Forde.

KERRY (SH v Kildare, Christy Ring Cup): T Flynn; P McCarthy, A Healy, A Keane; B Flaherty, J McCarthy, C Harris; E Sheehy, E Tuohy; J Griffin, M Conway, S Sheehan, I McCarthy, R Galvin, JM Dooley.

WICKLOW (SH v Carlow, Christy Ring Cup): T Finn; MJ O’Neill, G Keogh, MA O’Neill; G Murray, L Kennedy, D Doran; G Bermingham, J O’Neill; A Tiernan, J Murphy, TJ Byrne; C Kavanagh, D Hyland, J Keogh. Subs. K Barnes, J Driver, J Connors, D Moran, M Conway, D Finn, T Kennedy, V Flaherty, C Doyle, C Monaghan.

TIPPERARY (IHC v Clare): A Cooney; J Moran, B Lawlor, M Phelan; C O’Brien, JB McCarthy, C Everard; S McGrath, T Slevin; S Stapleton, A Fitzgerald, W Keogh; S Everard, P Lawlor, R O’Brien.

Subs: P. Quinlan, E. Ryan, B. Hogan, T. Connors, H. Coughlan, D.Keogh, G.McMahon, A. Comerford, N.Gleeson

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