Wednesday 26 July 2017

Tipperary's Seamus Callanan to miss league final after bad break

 

Defender Damien Reck is challenged by Tipperary's Seamus Callanan
Defender Damien Reck is challenged by Tipperary's Seamus Callanan
Seamus Callanan. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney and Colm Keys

Tipperary's hopes of adding League honours to last September's All-Ireland title have been hit with the loss of ace marksman Seamus Callanan, who broke his thumb in their semi-final victory over Wexford on Sunday.

The Drom-Inch attacker played the full 70 minutes but was seen nursing his hand afterwards and Premier boss Michael Ryan confirmed last night that the three-time All-Star will miss Sunday's final against Galway.

Ryan explained that Callanan will be on the sidelines for "three to four weeks" and he expects him to recover in time for their Munster SHC quarter-final against Cork on May 21.

"Seamie is frustrated but when you play a game you run that risk and we run the same risk every night in training," the Tipp manager told the Tipperary Star.

"This is exactly what the panel is for. Seamie is a starter, but someone is going to get a jersey now that they may or may not have been expecting."

Ryan also expects All-Star full-back James Barry to recover from a minor knock in time for their date with the Tribesmen.

Meanwhile, Davy Fitzgerald looks set to avoid the heavier eight-week ban for his altercation with two Tipperary players during Wexford's NHL semi-final with the All-Ireland champions on Sunday.

Fitzgerald entered the field of play in anger at a decision by referee Diarmuid Kirwan not to penalise a clear foul on his defender James Breen that led to Tipperary's second goal.

Wexford were always chasing the game after that but Fitzgerald's incursion, he subsequently admitted, was designed to lift his players.

He was confronted first by Niall O'Meara and then by Jason Forde, and there was contact with both.

In any defence, Fitzgerald is likely to argue that he did not initiate contact or go out on to the field with that intention. He is unlikely to face the more serious charge of physical interference with an opponent but he still faces a breach of match regulations, for which there's a minimum of a one-match sideline ban.

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