Fitzgerald returns to Limerick panel

Former dual star Conor Fitzgerald has returned to the Limerick hurling panel but it is understood that he will play no part in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare.

Former dual star Conor Fitzgerald has returned to the Limerick hurling panel but it is understood that he will play no part in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare.

Fitzgerald quit the panel in May, just a month before the Shannonsiders' Munster championship opener against Tipperary, citing work commitments as his reason for bowing out.

But Limerick manager Bennis has welcomed the Adare clubman back to the fold, having insisted that the door was always open for him to return.

With his hurling on the back burner, Fitzgerald was thought to be considering linking up with the Limerick footballers again, but boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan failed in his attempts to coax him back.

Fitzgerald was a regular member of Limerick's senior hurling squad over the past five seasons and he won two All-Ireland Under-21 hurling medals in 2001 and 2002.

Meanwhile, Bennis is expected to hand team captain Damien Reale a recall for Sunday's clash with Clare.

Reale is fit to resume at corner back having sat out the Munster final defeat to Waterford as a precautionary measure. He suffered concussion in the semi-final second replay win over Tipperary.

Full-forward Sean O'Connor is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury which he will have analysed by a specialist today, while the Limerick management have confirmed that corner forward Barry Foley is available for selection despite a back problem.

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