Kelly set for Tipperary return after six-week layoff

FORMER All Star Paul Kelly is set to return to Tipperary colours this evening following a six-week injury lay-off.

Kelly is named at left corner forward for a senior hurling challenge against Limerick to mark the opening of the new grounds and facilities at Lattin-Cullen GAA club (7pm).

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has named a team including eight players who featured against Kilkenny in last Sunday’s thrilling NHL final.

Pádraic Maher is the only player to retain his starting place while the inclusion of Kelly is hugely significant less than four weeks before the Munster SHC showdown with Cork at Semple Stadium.

Kelly has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the heavy Nowlan Park defeat against Kilkenny on March 22.

Limerick manager Justin McCarthy has named a very strong side on paper as he warms up for the championship showdown with his former employers Waterford on June 14.

GAA President Christy Cooney will be on hand to officially open the new development at the home of former Tipperary player and manager Nicky English.

Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty has confirmed that defender Brian Hogan sustained a broken collarbone in last Sunday’s League final against Tipperary. Hogan was stretchered off after just 11 minutes after taking a heavy tackle from Séamus Callanan and x-rays revealed the full extent of the damage.

O’Loughlin Gaels clubman Hogan will be sidelined for at least two months and will miss Kilkenny’s Leinster senior hurling semi-final, fixed for June 20.

Meanwhile Tyrone defender Cathal McCarron has been ruled out of the Ulster Championship clash with Armagh by suspension.

The Dromore man has been hit with a 12-week ban following an incident in a club game.

TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick, Lattin-Cullen, 7pm): D Gleeson; E Buckley, Pádraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, H Maloney, D Fitzgerald; B Dunne, S Hennessy; P Kerwick, J Devane, Patrick Maher; P Bourke, D Egan, P Kelly.

LIMERICK: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, S Walsh; M O’Riordan, S Hickey, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne; M O’Brien, J Ryan, N Moran; D Sheehan, P McNamara, D Breen.

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