O'Grady doubt for Limerick
Published 21/07/2011 | 05:00
LIMERICK midfielder Donal O'Grady is a doubt for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Dublin with a shoulder problem, while Kilkenny's PJ Delaney has seen his season ended by injury for the third year in a row, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
O'Grady was forced out of the qualifier win over Antrim at half-time and is rated "unlikely" by his captain Gavin O'Mahony to be fit for Saturday's clash. Limerick also have doubts over Kevin Downes and Paul Browne.
"Donal is unlikely to make it," O'Mahony said. "It's fairly serious and he has been laid up since the Antrim game -- 50-50 would be generous."
Cats' boss Brian Cody will have to plan without Delaney for the rest of the campaign. The Fenians' clubman had an operation to correct a troublesome hip joint and he faces a second one in the coming months.
"The season is over for me," said the 27-year-old. "One year I would just like to get a break to see what I am really capable of doing. The battle I face to recover doesn't scare me. I have been here before and I intend to come back."
Westmeath hurling board chairman Willie Murphy is hopeful they can retain the services of manager Brian Hanley, who is also in charge of Galway club side Liam Mellows.
"Brian has not decided what he will be doing next year, but we are hopeful he will stay on with us. We have made out feelings known to him, but Liam Mellows are his priority at the moment," said Murphy.