Limerick sweat on Nickie Quaid as clash with Tipperary looms

Nickie Quaid is Limerick’s sole major injury concern ahead of Sunday week’s Munster semi-final against Tipperary.

Limerick sweat on Nickie Quaid as clash with Tipperary looms

Selector Paul Beary confirmed last night they otherwise have no worries despite several players having picked up knocks over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Paul Browne suffered damage to his AC shoulder joint playing for Bruff while Graeme Mulcahy suffered a hand injury lining out for Kilmallock.

Stephen Walsh (knee), Gavin O’Mahony, John Fitzgibbon (both hamstrings), Richie McCarthy (shoulder) and Wayne McNamara (thigh) were all replaced during the county’s challenge game against Kilkenny in Inistioge last Monday week. David Breen missed out on the win over Clare with a metatarsal injury.

However, Beary said all nine players are improving, although Quaid remains a major doubt, as he rehabilitates from the collarbone injury he sustained in training in April.

“We’ve had a fair amount of injuries post-Clare. Funny enough, we’ll actually be in a better position injury-wise for the Tipp match than the Clare game. The only one who may not make it at this stage is Nickie Quaid. He’s coming along very well in terms of his overall recovery.

“He’s gone back to light pucking, not back to full goalkeeping as such. A fair acknowledgment of the guy that his recovery is fast-tracked and maybe highlighted by the way he looks after himself so well. He was expected to be six to eight weeks. He’s coming back much sooner than expected. David Breen is doing very well, he’s played a couple of practice matches. He’s fully available for selection.”

Meanwhile, Cian Lynch says not all players are able to deal with online abuse. The Limerick starlet made the comments following excessively critical comments made about Cork defender Damien Cahalane on Twitter following Sunday’s Munster semi-final defeat to Waterford.

“You often hear slagging but the social media in this day and age is dangerous enough, with the cyber bullying and all of that, Facebook and Twitter. Some people can take it but others can’t. It has become dangerous enough and it is becoming too much of an occurrence – we are only amateurs at the end of the day.

“I know we are talking about hurlers and footballers getting abuse, but even professionals find it hard to cope with abuse so it is serious enough. It’s not right, it shouldn’t be part of a sport, really. You just go out and you are playing for the love of the game. People shouldn’t even be engaging in it.”

Lynch is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite winning man-of-the-match and hurler-of-the-month awards. “I’m working in the local Spar shop and young fellas come in and I’d be laughing away myself, having the usual craic and just being myself. Lads come in and want you to sign something and looking up at you. You’d say to yourself ‘what are they staring at?’.

“It’s changed but you wouldn’t want to dwell on it. You wouldn’t want to get bogged down in it because it’s only one match. We have to keep going and look forward to the Tipp match.”

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