Saturday 18 November 2017

Michael Ryan hopeful Seamus Callanan can win race to face Rebels


Seamus Callanan of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Seamus Callanan of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Seamus Callanan is expected to return to Tipperary training this week, ahead of their Munster Championship opener against Cork in 12 days' time.

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan, speaking at the launch of the Munster GAA Championships in Killarney, said he is "hopeful" of a full recovery after Callanan missed the League final loss to Galway.

"His injury was three weeks old on Sunday. It should be a long, long way towards healed," said Ryan. "So we're very hopeful. We expect to see Seamus back on the pitch this week and we need that to happen."

The All-Ireland winning manager was more guarded about Patrick 'Bonner' Maher, who damaged a hamstring in a club game at the weekend.

"He did go off with a hamstring strain. The extent of that is not known right now. He was being seen today by our physio but it does take 24 to 48 hours to assess properly," said Ryan.

Donagh Maher and John Meagher have been ruled out, with Niall O'Meara a doubt.

Ryan revealed that Tipperary had yet to decide if Jason Forde will challenge his one-match ban, handed down by the Central Hearings Committee last week for his involvement in an altercation with Davy Fitzgerald during the League semi-final.

Meanwhile, Ryan says he has an "open mind" about a potential new hurling championship but expressed concern about the load it might create for players.

"What players want and people want is as many top-quality games as they can get within reality," he said.

"But we talk about fatigue and protection of young players. They are not professional, it is not the Premiership and they have very real lives between college, work and relationships and they are doing a fantastic job.

"They give and give and give. We just need to be careful here. We need to be careful about overloading them."

Irish Independent

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