Tuesday 20 March 2018

O'Shea holding out hope for O'Dwyer

John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer sustained an ankle injury on a weekend training camp
John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer sustained an ankle injury on a weekend training camp

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary boss Eamon O'Shea will run the rule over his walking wounded at training this evening and insists that only defender John Meagher is definitely ruled out of Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final against Limerick at this point.

It is understood that All-Star forward John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer sustained an ankle injury on a weekend training camp, while O'Shea is also monitoring the progress of 2014 Young Hurler of the Year Cathal Barrett, Lar Corbett and John McGrath.

Denis Maher and Michael Cahill are both on the comeback trail from injury and O'Shea accepts that some players may be undercooked as they prepare to meet a Limerick team with a championship win under their belts.

Speaking to Tipp FM last night, O'Shea said: "We'll know more about the injuries tomorrow night - at the moment John Meagher is the only one ruled out. At this stage, it will probably be the middle of the week before we'll know for sure.

"Cathal hasn't done a lot of hurling, Bubbles is hurling away and has had bits and pieces. Larry Corbett and John McGrath, we'll know for sure during the middle of the week.

"Denis Maher is making really good progress. He had a serious injury (dislocated shoulder) and was out for a serious length of time but the last few weeks have seen him come on a lot. I'd be optimistic in terms of our injury problems," the manager said.

O'Shea indicated that he will trust his instinct when making the call on key players, adding: "You're trying to make judgment calls all the time about players and where they're at.

"We've had our fair share of injuries but all counties have injury worries. It's the first round of the Munster Championship and preparing properly, you're bound to pick up injuries. We've had long-term ones but it's about making a judgment all the time on how far along people are and how they're training."

O'Shea believes that Limerick are at a "slight advantage" having scored a quarter-final victory over Clare, but he added: "All of that won't matter much on Sunday once the ball is thrown in. I've huge confidence in our team and our squad."

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