Blow for Shannonsiders as Hickey to miss Tipperary clash

Limerick hurling manager John Allen has confirmed Seamus Hickey will miss the Treaty County’s opening Munster SHC game against Tipperary.

Hickey broke a bone in his arm playing for his club, Murroe-Boher against Ahane in the Limerick SHC over the weekend, and yesterday Allen described him as a “huge loss” for the Munster championship.

“Seamus Hickey is going to be missing and he’ll be a huge loss. We were looking at him coming back after the league, that he’d give huge impetus to our backline. He played four games for us since the league finished and he was very good, very fit, and now he’s out, it’s a huge loss.

“Declan (Hannon) is a bit like Lar Corbett, he’s hopefully making his way back onto the team. He hasn’t played since February and is training this week. I’d hope he plays some part.”

Allen said he hadn’t been expecting Corbett, who announced a dramatic return to the Tipp camp over the weekend, to come back for the Premier.

“I didn’t really, I have people who know Lar quite well and from what I was hearing, I didn’t think he’d be back. He made a decision to come back, though whether Sunday week is too early — I’d say it will be — but if he gets fit and if he’s the Lar we saw over the last couple of years, he’ll be a big addition to Tipp.”

Meanwhile, Waterford hurling boss Michael Ryan confirmed Ballygunner star Shane O’Sullivan is due to head abroad for the summer.

“It looks like he is going to go away for the summer,” said Ryan. “He just finished college and I spoke to him the other night and he feels he needs to go away. I understand that and if he goes he’ll be a big loss to us.”

And Eoin Kelly is set for a lengthy lay-off after sustaining a suspected fractured thumb in a county SHC game over the weekend. Kelly picked up the injury while playing for Passage East against Abbeyside on Saturday and is awaiting x-ray results to discover the seriousness of the problem.

However Ryan last night expressed concern about Kelly’s availability for the upcoming Munster championship.

Ryan said: “It looks very likely that his thumb is fractured and that will rule Eoin out for some time. It’s not good news with our Munster championship semi-final against Clare less than five weeks away (June 17).”

Ryan is also sweating on the results of scans on Maurice Shanahan’s hand after the Lismore man sustained a knock in their six-point derby victory over Ballyduff Upper on Sunday.

“We are keeping fingers crossed that there is no fracture,” said Ryan who described Shanahan’s recent club form as a “revelation’’.

Ryan is already planning without All Star defender Noel Connors (groin injury) while U21 star Paraic Mahony is ruled out for four months after groin surgery. Despite such injury concerns, Ryan is happy with preparations.

“Unfortunately the injuries are a major concern, but right now there is not much more that we can do.”


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