LIMERICK'S talismanic midfielder John Galvin is in line for his first competitive inter-county start in over a year in Saturday's Allianz NFL Division 4 final against Offaly at Croke Park.
Limerick boss Maurice Horan will announce his team to face the Faithful County this evening – and Galvin is tipped to start.
The inspirational Croom clubman, who suffered cruciate knee ligament damage for the second time against Fermanagh in April 2012, made substitute appearances in Limerick's last two league outings.
And Galvin (32) took another big step forward last weekend by playing the full hour against Laois in a challenge match.
"He's strongly in contention for a starting place. He has to be at this time of the year, with championship looming. The best thing about the Laois game last weekend was that John Galvin played in it – and Stephen Lucey played as well," said Horan.
Another injured star on the mend is Kilkenny's TJ Reid, who is hoping to put nearly eight months of pain and mental anguish behind him by returning to the hurling fold at the weekend. The 25-year-old is hoping to be able to play some part for Ballyhale Shamrocks in the opening round of the senior hurling league against Dicksboro on Sunday.
"I am itching to get back. The knee is good. It is nice to have a hurley back in my hand again," said Reid, who smashed his left kneecap in the All-Ireland final replay against Galway and is hoping to be in contention for the championship.