Tuesday 28 February 2017

Newman doubtful for Meath after thumb break in training

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Mickey Newman's injury makes him a doubt for Meath's Leinster quarter-final next month
Mickey Newman's injury makes him a doubt for Meath's Leinster quarter-final next month

Meath could be without top forward Mickey Newman for their Leinster quarter-final next month after he suffered a broken thumb during training.

The prognosis is that it will take six to eight weeks to heal fully and the Royals are due to play Wicklow on June 14, which is exactly six weeks away.

But there is better news about Conor Gillespie who recently returned from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The Summerhill midfielder set off alarm bells when he sat out a club championship game last weekend after suffering a twinge in the warm-up but it is reportedly not a serious setback.

The Royals' hurlers are boosted by the availability of county footballer Mickey Burke.

The dual player only lined out in the first round of the NHL but is back in midfield for their Christy Ring Cup opener with Wicklow in Trim.

And they will also have selector Kevin Dowd on the sideline after he succeeded in having a four-month ban quashed mid-week.

Leinster Council had banned Dowd for four months arising out of an incident alleged to have occurred in the Kehoe Cup final against Wicklow in February.

After failing with his appeal at the previous stages, he took his case to the Disputes Resolution Authority on Wednesday. The DRA has recommended that the case against him be thrown out on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Waterford hurlers have named an unchanged team for tomorrow's Division 1 NHL final against Cork. Maurice Shanahan is named at midfield but likely to start at full-forward.

Elsewhere, Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea has paid tribute to Paul Curran who has announced his inter-county retirement.

O'Shea described him as "a man of a man of ambition, resilience and integrity who has been a major force for good.

"When he came into training (on Thursday) to tell the players about his decision to retire it was an emotional time for all of us," O'Shea said. "His parting words to the squad were as inspirational as his many deeds on the pitch over the past 15 years."

WATERFORD (SH v Cork) - S O'Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T de Burca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, M Shanahan; K Moran, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; S Bennett, M Walsh, C Dunford.

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