Blow for Limerick as Moran comeback delayed

LIMERICK attacker Ollie Moran’s comeback from injury is set to be delayed until their Munster Championships semi-final clash against Waterford, on June 14.

The Ahane centre-forward, who underwent a cartilage operation in late January, had hoped to feature in Limerick’s remaining league clashes against Waterford this Sunday and against Tipperary on April 19. But despite resuming light training this week, his spell on the sidelines is set to continue.

“I was probably being a bit optimistic when I said about two months ago that I had a chance of playing in the last three League games. The recovery from the operation has been a bit slower than I thought it would be. It wasn’t as straightforward a procedure as is generally the case with cartilage surgery. As well as the removal of the cartilage, there had to be a re-alignment carried out on my knee.

“I’d say it will be another two weeks before I will be able to get back into full training with the rest of the lads, and it will probably be the end of April before I’ll be able to play in a match.

“So it looks like the first competitive match I’d be available for would be in the championship against Waterford. But obviously I’d hope to have a few challenge games under my belt before then.”

Meanwhile Galway hurler Ciaran O’Donovan has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the year after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

It has been confirmed that the Athenry clubman will be out of action for up to nine months after picking up the serious knee injury playing for Connacht in the inter-pro hurling final in Abu Dhabi.

Initially there were hopes that the injury might not be serious but a scan has confirmed the worst fears of the University of Limerick student.

O’Donovan, who has won minor and U-21 All-Ireland medals in recent years, was impressive in the early stages of this year’s national league and looked poised to make a strong bid for the championship full-back spot.

Galway have also lost the services of forward Kevin Hooban, a Garda based in Limerick, who has withdrawn from the squad due to work commitments.

Meanwhile, Dublin hurling duo Tommy Sommers and John Kelly are back training after recovering from recent injury problems.

Sommers suffered five different facial fractures when a sliotar struck him in the face on his competitive debut against Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup in January, but he returned to training recently.

Kelly injured his knee in a challenge match against Wexford in February, but initial fears that he had torn a cruciate ligament were dispelled, and he too is back training. However, neither player will feature in Dublin’s two remaining NHL games against Clare and Dublin.

But boss Anthony Daly does have injury doubts over Joey Boland and Niall Corcoran for Sunday’s NHL showdown with Anthony Daly’s native county, Clare, in Parnell Park.


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