Ryan fit to lead Limerick

TJ Ryan will resume his captaincy of the Limerick hurling team for tomorrow night's must-win All-Ireland qualifier clash with Offaly (Tullamore, throw-in 7pm).

TJ Ryan will resume his captaincy of the Limerick hurling team for tomorrow night's must-win All-Ireland qualifier clash with Offaly (Tullamore, throw-in 7pm).

Owing to an ankle injury, the Garryspillane clubman missed the 17-point defeat at the hands of Clare two weeks ago.

Limerick's new interim management team of Richie Bennis and Gary Kirby have brought Ryan back in at full-back and made three other changes to the side that was outclassed by Clare.

Kieran Breen, Mark Riordan, Mike O'Brien and the injured Ollie Moran (knee) all make way with Ryan, Willie Walsh, Niall Moran and Donal O'Grady being reintroduced.

Walsh, named at right half-back, was an All-Ireland Under-21 winner with the Shannonsiders in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and will be making his first senior start in over two years.

In a positional switch, Barry Foley, who scored two points from corner forward last time out, moves to midfield to form a new centre-field partnership with Stephen Lucey.

LIMERICK (SHC v Offaly) - B Murray; D Reale, TJ Ryan (capt), S Hickey; W Walsh, B Geary, M Foley; B Foley, S Lucey; N Moran, D O'Grady, C Fitzgerald; D Ryan, B Begley, A O'Shaughnessy.

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