Friday 27 April 2018

Waterford sweating on fitness of Shanahan

Maurice Shanahan Photo: Sportsfile
Maurice Shanahan Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Waterford expect to learn today whether Maurice Shanahan will be fit for Sunday week's Allianz Hurling League decider with Clare.

Sharpshooter Shanahan was forced to sit out the Déise's impressive league semi-final win over Limerick with a hip complaint and he visited a specialist yesterday in order to ascertain the full extent of the problem.

"Maurice is gone to see a specialist so we'll know more later on," said Shanahan's brother Dan, who acts as a selector with the Déise.

"He's in Cork with a specialist so we'll know more when he gets the results.

"It's a groin injury maybe coming from the hip, he didn't want to chance it last week and he came to us and said he wasn't right which is fair enough.


"We are hoping he'll be okay for Sunday week and if he's not he'll be back for the championship then definitely," said Shanahan, who was speaking at the launch of the John West Féile na nGael which takes place from June 17-19 in Tipperary and Waterford.

Shanahan also gave positive reports on the progress of Pauric Mahony and Stephen Bennett, both of whom are in the running to make the match-day squad for the eagerly-anticipated Semple Stadium clash.

"They are making great progress. They probably will be in contention for the 26 but they are training hard at the minute."

Waterford are looking to secure back-to-back league titles for the first time in the county's history and former Hurler of the Year Shanahan declared himself pleased with the depth of talent available.

"Every team is going to get hit with injuries and it's about how you deal with them. And I think we have dealt with them fairly good.

"We have picked a very strong panel over the last couple of years and I think that showed in the Galway game this year."

Irish Independent

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