MICHAEL RYAN has recalled some of Tipperary’s big hitters for tonight’s Allianz HL 1A showdown with Kilkenny in Semple Stadium (7.0), a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final, with Seamus Callanan among those to return for the table-toppers.
All-Star full-back James Barry comes into the Premier side, while Michael Breen returns at midfield and Callanan mans the No 14 spot in a potent full-forward line alongside John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and John McGrath.
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody makes three changes from their defeat of Cork, with Shane Prendergast the latest to be given responsibility at No 6, while Alan Murphy, younger brother of goalkeeper Eoin, and Liam Blanchfield come into attack.
Meanwhile, Eamonn Fitzmaurice has confirmed that Kieran Donaghy’s international basketball call-up will not affect his participation with the Kerry footballers, although he will not feature in the League.
‘Star’ will play no part next Saturday night against Dublin, but he will be ready to make a competitive return for the championship as they bid to dethrone the Jim Gavin’s Dubs.
“We decided last December he’d play the basketball and train one night a week with us in the gym, which he is doing at the moment.
“What we said is that we’d leave the tail end of the League open, but the fact that the basketball is going so well he’ll see out the basketball and be back playing football again,” Fitzmaurice said.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Glynn looks set to go above and beyond the call of duty by flying back to Ireland from his base in New York for Ardrahan’s Galway SHC games later this year, but an inter-county return is unlikely at present.
Glynn last featured for the Tribesmen in their 2015 All-Ireland SHC final loss to Kilkenny before moving Stateside where the he represented New York in the Connacht SFC last year as they ran Roscommon to a point.
He cannot line out for New York this year as he will not be plying his club trade in the city and while the door is not closed on featuring in Micheál Donoghue’s plans for 2017, it would be unheard for someone to make the 3,000-mile trip home to play for their county.