Wednesday 18 September 2019

Na Piarsaigh star Shane Dowling plays down shoulder injury fears ahead of Munster club final

14 November 2018; Na Piarsaigh and Limericks Shane Dowling is pictured ahead of the AIB GAA Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship Final where they face Ballygunner on Sunday, November 18th at Semple Stadium. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
14 November 2018; Na Piarsaigh and Limericks Shane Dowling is pictured ahead of the AIB GAA Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship Final where they face Ballygunner on Sunday, November 18th at Semple Stadium. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

SHANE DOWLING has insisted that the latest recurrence of an old shoulder injury won’t curtail his involvement in Sunday’s Munster club senior hurling final.

Limerick’s All-Ireland super-sub hero was forced off before half-time during Na Piarsaigh’s semi-final demolition of Clonoulty-Rossmore.

He was photographed afterwards with his arm in a sling, but today he was quick to allay any fears about his fitness for Sunday’s Semple Stadium showdown with old rivals Ballygunner.

"The shoulder will be fine. I've had an ongoing issue for a long number of years now, but it hadn’t happened me in three years. Basically, the shoulder pops out and pops in," Dowling explained, speaking at an AIB provincial club championship briefing in Dublin.

"It can’t happen from someone hitting me; it can only happen by me over-reaching with a hurley.

"Yeah, some day it will pop out and it won’t go back in. But until that day, I'll staying going.

"The operation takes about six months to recover from, and I don’t have six months to spare – so I'll stay going," he reiterated.

Dowling confirmed that his shoulder was "popped back in three of four seconds later".

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"It won’t affect me on Sunday; it’s perfectly fine again. It does take a couple of days to get over, but it’s fine," he assured.

Asked if he ever intends going the surgical route, he quipped: "I tell you what, now, I've two bad shoulders and I've two massive bunions on the side of my feet … and I've got to go into the hospital and get the two shoulders and the two bunions taken off and I'll come out in a wheelchair and have the whole lot done!

"As a lad said to me the other day, for what’s left of me now there’s no point getting them done!"

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