Sport Hurling

Monday 24 July 2017

Deise decimated for Tipp

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Waterford boss Davy Fitzgerald will be without eight of the team that started against Tipperary in last August's All-Ireland semi-final for the repeat meeting between the sides at Semple Stadium on Saturday night.

Fitzgerald brings his unbeaten side to Thurles for a clash against a Tipp side looking for their first victory in this season's league. But the Waterford Crystal Cup champions will have over half of their 2010 team missing for various reasons.

De La Salle pair John Mullane and Kevin Moran are not due back to training until next week following recent club exertions. Eoin Murphy and Liam Lawlor are missing through injury along with Declan Prendergast.

Tony Browne and Eoin Kelly, who recently rejoined the squad after extended breaks, will not come into consideration. Brian O'Halloran is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Shane Walsh and Maurice Shanahan are available as Waterford look for a second straight league win.

Meanwhile, opponents Tipperary are planning without long-term injury victims Seamus Callanan and Seamus Hennessy. Mikey Heffernan has also been ruled out while John O'Neill is doubtful.

Conor O'Mahony could return while Lar Corbett could make an appearance. Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins is also tipped to make his first competitive start of the year.

Irish Independent

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