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Tipp raise prospect of appealing Corbett ban

TIPPERARY have thrown open the prospect of appealing Lar Corbett's likely one-match ban arising from his dismissal against Kilkenny during last Sunday's Allianz Hurling League final.

They have also revealed that Corbett suffered broken ribs during the Nowlan Park defeat, but can't say whether the injury was sustained during the goalmouth fracas with JJ Delaney that led to both players receiving straight red cards.

"You have to look and see was he wronged. If we feel, as a county board, that he was, we'll look at appealing his red card," promised Tipperary county board chairman Seán Nugent.

The 2010 Hurler of the Year stands to miss their Munster SHC opener against Limerick on June 9, with Delaney set to miss Kilkenny's Leinster quarter-final with Offaly on the same date.

But Tipp have vowed to fight Corbett's suspension if they can find sufficient video evidence to rescind the decision of referee Barry Kelly. Initial TV replays suggest their man was less to blame, although these don't offer a complete account of the off-the-ball flashpoint, and further video footage from behind the goals would surely be required.

Even were his sending-off overturned, there is the possibility that he would miss the Limerick match as he faces a minimum four weeks out through injury.

Nugent stated: "It's possible that it may have occurred at that time (of the incident), or at some other stage. I don't think Lar is too sure himself at what time it occurred, but he certainly has broken ribs."

ANDY MORAN could yet be in line for a dramatic impact sub role when Mayo travel into Galway's Pearse Stadium den for their Connacht SFC quarter-final on Sunday week.

The 2011 All Star hasn't played since tearing a cruciate in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Down – but he took a full part in both the warm-up and half-time kickout when Mayo played Fermanagh in a challenge match last Saturday.

Fellow long-term casualty Alan Dillon surprisingly took no part in the Ennisillen clash, despite making his long-awaited comeback in a club game a week earlier.

KARL LACEY has handed the ideal Ulster championship boost to Donegal ahead of their May 26 showdown with Tyrone after returning to action last weekend.

The reigning Footballer of the Year, sidelined all season because of hip surgery, played the full match in a behind-closed-doors challenge against Galway in Sligo last Friday.

He then featured for Four Masters in a club league encounter against Kilcar yesterday.