Thursday 30 March 2017

Kenny among six released from Ryan's Tipp panel

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Tipperary senior hurling manager Michael Ryan has trimmed six players from his extended panel ahead of next Sunday's Allianz Hurling League quarter-final against Clare, as corner back Michael Cahill faces an extended spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

Following a training camp at Breaffy House in Mayo last week, Ryan has released Conor Kenny, Joe O'Dwyer, Kieran Morris, Joe Gallagher, Bill Maher and Sean Ryan.

Kenny's exclusion is perhaps the most surprising as he was moving well in pre-season challenge matches and, playing at full-forward, the Borrisoleigh clubman scored three points from play in the opening round victory over Dublin.

Kenny also picked off two points in the defeat to Kilkenny and he was eventually taken off with over 20 minutes remaining in the Nowlan Park fixture.

Former Kildare player Kenny has fallen down the pecking order since then and Seamus Callanan's return to full fitness will see him restored to the edge of the opposition square.

Ryan's squad cut will have been noted with interest by his football counterpart Liam Kearns, who had been hopeful that dual players Steven O'Brien and Seamus Kennedy, who have not featured in the league, might be made available.

Elsewhere, both Andrew Shore and Podge Doran have been ruled out of Wexford's national hurling league quarter-final against Waterford in Innovate Wexford Park next Sunday.

A hamstring injury will leave Shore, a defender-turned-attacker in recent games, on the sideline, as Dunne puts his managerial career on the line, in what many believe is a must-win game for his side after a demoralising league campaign to date.

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