Saturday 3 December 2016

Kearns not panicking as squad crisis leaves Tipp missing up to 20 players

Jackie Cahill

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

Liam Kearns has been operating in the early stages of 2016 without almost 20 players: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Liam Kearns has been operating in the early stages of 2016 without almost 20 players: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns is battling a squad crisis that he admits is unlike anything he ever encountered in his career.

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Kearns has been operating in the early stages of 2016 without almost 20 players who have featured for Tipp in recent years.

Colin O'Riordan is on a rookie AFL contract with the Sydney Swans and dual players Steven O'Brien and Seamus Kennedy have both opted for hurling this year.

In addition, five of Kennedy's Clonmel clubmates are also unavailable due to the All-Ireland Club SFC, while Barry Grogan, Paddy Codd and Ciaran McDonald have taken a break, but McDonald could feature against Kerry in Sunday's McGrath Cup clash.

"We're not panicking," Kearns said. "The idea is that we will be stronger when we get these guys back, we'll have more players capable of holding their own at this level. We have a panel good enough to cope with five or six injuries but I haven't come across anything like this on the scale that it is."

Irish Independent

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