LIMERICK hurling captain Donal O’Grady faces a race against time to be ready for his county’s Munster hurling quarter-final with Clare on May 24.
O’Grady limped out of Saturday night’s disappointing league quarter-final defeat to Dublin in Croke Park after only 11 minutes.
A scan has shown up extensive damage to ankle ligaments with Limerick officials estimating that it could be up to six weeks before he recovers.
That would leave with him very little time to prepare properly for a meeting with the 2013 All-Ireland champions.
Meanwhile, former Tipperary manager Ken Hogan has slammed the performance of referee John Keenan following last Sunday’s NHL quarter-final victory over Offaly in Tullamore in which they finished with 13 men.
Hogan, who was Tipperary’s goalkeeping coach last year, said that he left O’Connor Park with a “sour taste in the mouth” and insisted that the game “just didn’t work out” for Keenan.
Hogan told Tipp FM: “It was that type of day. In actual fact I was in to watch the monitor before the game and I met the referee assessor, by accident, and he was telling me this referee (Keenan) was an up and coming referee and a good referee.
“I took him at face value and obviously every referee deserves an opportunity to get his chance.
“It just didn’t work out for him. It wasn’t a good day for anybody. We all left the ground with a sour taste in the mouth because of things that occurred during the game. It wasn’t nice.”