Sunday 8 December 2019

Kearns looking to Clonmel crew to return

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Liam Kearns. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary football boss Liam Kearns wants his Clonmel Commercials contingent back in the fold for his side's next Division 3 outing against Westmeath, writes Jackie Cahill.

The Premier County travel to Mullingar on Sunday week for a tie that could also see midfielder George Hannigan return to action after eight months sidelined with a groin injury.

The Shannon Rovers clubman took part in his first collective session of the year on Sunday and is on course for an earlier than anticipated return.

Hannigan will give Kearns another option around midfield, with Colin O'Riordan in Australia and Steven O'Brien currently with the hurlers.

Kearns isn't giving up on a possible return for O'Brien before the summer.

Clonmel's Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahey, Kevin Fahey, Jason Lonergan and Donal Lynch will accept invitations to link up with the squad. Kearns could also approach Aldo Matassa, a former senior panellist.

Kearns could have seven 'new' players available for the Westmeath game , as Liam Casey has completed a ban.

But Kevin O'Halloran is out for a fortnight as he prepares to undergo keyhole surgery on a knee problem.

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