Limerick football boss Liam Kearns is hopeful that midfield powerhouse Jason Stokes will be available for selection for Sunday week’s Munster final showdown with Kerry.
Stokes missed Limerick’s championship wins over both Tipperary and Waterford because of a niggling groin injury.
However, the Drom/Broadford clubman has resumed training in the past week.
But there must be a question mark over Stokes’ match fitness, as he has not played in a competitive game for up to six weeks.
Limerick are set to delay naming their team to face champions Kerry until Thursday evening in order to give goalkeeper Seamus O’Donnell the chance to prove his fitness too.
“I think Jason Stokes will be available for selection,” Kearns said.
“Jason missed our two champion ship games because of injury. He means a lot to our squad.
“He was also carrying an injury into last year’s Munster final. We are happy he is almost there.
“I think Seamus O’Donnell will make it too.
“But he will have to prove his fit ness next week. He was told he is not to do much before next Wednesday. So we will probably not name our team for the final until Thursday.
“Ideally, we would like to be in a position to name our side earlier in the week. But we will wait for as long as possible on both Jason and Seamus.”
Should Stokes and O’Donnell, as expected, be available for selection then Limerick will pick their side to face Kerry from a full strength squad for the first time this year.”
Sunday week’s Munster final showdown has a 4.15pm throw-in time. It will be refereed by Gerry Kinneavy of Roscommon.
The game will be preceded by the provincial minor final meeting of four-in-a-row seeking Kerry and challengers Cork.
Meanwhile, Kerry have been dealt a blow ahead of the senior de cider with Limerick following con firmation that centre half forward Declan O’Sullivan will miss the game due to injury.
O’Sullivan sustained a dislocated collar bone in a training session this week and it set to be out of action for at least a month.
Seamus Moynihan appears to be winning his battle for fitness after sustaining an ankle ligament injury last month.