Kerins remains as selectors await Fitzgibbon stars

THE Galway team to play Kilkenny in Sunday's Allianz NHL shows just one change from the team which defeated Dublin in round one.

Alan Kerins who replaced the injured Kevin Broderick against the Dubs, keeps his place as Broderick has not recovered from a hamstring injury. He is named at right full forward.

Positional switches see Johnny O'Loughlin at right half forward from right corner and David Forde crossing from right to left half forward.

With a host of players on Fitzgibbon Cup duty this afternoon, several inter-county managers have postponed naming their teams for Sunday's second round of the Allianz NHL in case any player is injured.

Wing back Eoin Murphy will be a definite Waterford absentee for Sunday's Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash with Laois at Walsh Park.

The Shamrocks clubman had to retire during the second half of Sunday's thriller against Kilkenny and is likely to be sidelined for at least a fortnight.

Murphy is not the only injury concern (although the most serious), and as a consequence it is not expected McCarthy and his fellow selectors will announce the side to play Laois earlier than tomorrow night.

Also definitely out are the McGrath brothers Ken is recovering from a groin injury, and Eoin is serving a 'carry-over' suspension.

Brian Phelan, who was also forced to retire from the Kilkenny game with a nasty facial injury, is another worry for the selectors. However the expectation is changes will be kept to an absolute minimum and will only be made out of necessity.

Wexford's Larry Murphy is determined to be fit for his side's Allianz Hurling League Division 1B clash with Cork under lights on Saturday night in Pairc Uí Rinn.

Murphy was forced to retire just eight minutes into their league opener with Antrim, having suffered a hamstring pull.

"I know that it's a race against time but the damage was slight. With treatment and rest this week, I'm confident that the injury will heal sufficiently to allow me play," said Murphy.

Wexford had a somewhat experimental look about their side against Antrim. Rising talents Keith Rossiter, Malachy Travers, Barry Lambert and Michael O'Leary, all impressed but manager John Conran warned against reading too much into the game.

"Antrim were without the Dunloy players along with two or three others, so they were considerably weakened. We cannot look too much into the game. The real test will come against Cork," said Conran, who won't name his team until after today's Fitzgibbon Cup games.

He is one of several managers in a similar situation. Kilkenny have a host of players involved with UCC and WIT. With the two Limerick third level institutions, UL and LIT, also in action this afternoon, Pad Joe Whelahan has postponed naming his team for the visit of Tipperary.

One player who is definitely ruled out for Limerick is Ollie Moran. He gets married on Friday.

Clare manager Anthony Daly is likely to stick with the same team which trounced Laois in the opening round.

That will mean Sean McMahon who cried off last Sunday with a groin injury, and Brian Lohan who also missed the Laois game with a hamstring injury, won't be risked against Dublin.

Meanwhile Carlow await fitness reports on their injured trio of Michael Kehoe, Des Shaw and Damian Roberts, for their top of the table Division 2 clash with high flying Kerry. Shaw is the most doubtful of the three with a damaged shoulder.

GALWAY (SH v Kilkenny): L. O'Donoghue; D. Joyce, D. Cloonan, O. Canning; D. Hardiman, T. Óg Regan, F. Moore; D. Tierney, F. Healy; J. O'Loughlin, M. Kerins, D. Forde; A. Kerins, E. Cloonan, D. Hamien Hayes. Subs. P. Dullaghan, D. Collins, O. Fahy, J. Conroy, David Hayes, A. Cullinane, S. Kavanagh, D. O'Brien.

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