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Monday 16 December 2019

Ryan: Callanan absence from league gives others a chance

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan said that the loss of Seamus Callanan for most of their league campaign presents an opportunity for someone else to step forward and make a mark for the Premier County.

Ryan said that triple All-Star Callanan will not be available until the latter stages of the league at the earliest.

The 29-year old is troubled by a back injury and a date has not been set for his return.

"It's a back issue that's been at him. He's like half the population, bulging discs and this kind of thing. It's sitting on a nerve, sciatic type systems and that's all I know," said Ryan.

"He's getting the best of care. So, we will be starting the league without Seamie and we will just have to play that by ear and let him recuperate."

Ryan said that the loss of the double All-Ireland winner is a blow as they prepare for a hectic year, but he is confident that others will step forward and fill the void created by the loss of the Drom & Inch clubman.

"It is a blow but it puts an onus to the rest of the team to come and take a jersey, and opportunity to the whole panel to make a mark.

"It's a horrible for Seamie or anybody to miss any game or be out of contention. He cannot even train," added Ryan.

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Tipperary continued their preparations for the start of the league away to Clare on Sunday week when they scored a facile 4-30 to 0-8 win over Galway champions Liam Mellows at Lorrha on Saturday.

Michael Breen scored 2-2 in a one-sided game where Patrick 'Bonner' Maher was in top form on his home club ground, hitting six points, five of which came in the opening half, as Tipperary led by 1-17 to 0-5 at the break.

Breen got his second goal in the final quarter, with the impressive Ger Browne and Noel McGrath also finding the net against a Liam Mellows side who will play Cuala next month in the All-Ireland club semi-final.

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"I began this journey making my debut in Navan during a National League game in October 2000 and it seems fitting that last summer, the same venue served as the location for my final Championship game wearing the black and white jersey," Breheny wrote on social media.

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