Tuesday 21 February 2017

Treaty ace Hannon a doubt for Deise date

Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30

Hannon missed the quarter-final win over Dublin with an ankle injury and admits he’s a doubt for the date with Derek McGrath’s reigning League champions in Semple Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile
Hannon missed the quarter-final win over Dublin with an ankle injury and admits he’s a doubt for the date with Derek McGrath’s reigning League champions in Semple Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile

Limerick sharpshooter Declan Hannon faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's Allianz League semi-final clash with Waterford.

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Hannon missed the quarter-final win over Dublin with an ankle injury and admits he's a doubt for the date with Derek McGrath's reigning League champions in Semple Stadium.

"It's coming around," explained the Adare man. "It's slow, it's very slow. It's diagnosed as a bruised bone but it seems to be taking its time to get back to full fitness. It's getting there, whether I'll be ready for Sunday is a waiting game. It's just day by day at the minute.

"I haven't trained in two and a half weeks. I'll go training Friday so we'll have to see how that goes."

Hannon has enjoyed a bright start to the year and picked up the man of the match award as Mary Immaculate won their first independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup final after an epic tussle with UL in Cork.

He is eager to get back in with TJ Ryan's team with the Championship coming into view. Limerick take on the winners of Tipperary and Cork on June 19.

"These are the games you want to be playing in, it's a League semi-final and it's the first time Limerick have been there in a long time," Hannon said.

"We are improving bit by bit so you want to be part of that and there is huge competition for places so you need to taken every chance you get. Being on the sidelines is no good to anyone."

Limerick take on Waterford in Thurles at 2.0 as part of a double header at the Tipperary venue that also sees All-Ireland champions Kilkenny face Davy Fitzgerald's Clare at 4.0.

Both games will be shown live on TG4 with the final fixed for Sunday, May 2.

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