Tuesday 12 December 2017

Limerick star O'Grady ruled out until June

Donal O’Grady: Broken collarbone
Donal O’Grady: Broken collarbone

Jackie Cahill

LIMERICK hurling captain Donal O'Grady has confirmed that he sustained a broken collarbone against Carlow in Sunday's Division 1B clash at the Gaelic Grounds.

O'Grady picked up the injury midway through the first half but is confident that he will be fit in time for Limerick's Munster semi-final against Tipperary on June 9.

O'Grady (32) said: "It's the first time that's ever happened to me.

"There was a clearance down the field and I caught the ball and handpassed it to Paul Browne. I ran on to give him an option of a return pass but he handpassed it back to me and the Carlow man lined me up beautifully. It was textbook."

O'Grady has no complaints about the challenge that led to his injury, which is a clean break.

"There's talk of being out for six to eight weeks, for the rest of the league anyway," said the Granagh-Ballingarry clubman.

"It's the type of break that starts to knit again within three or four days.

"No surgery is required but I'll be seeing an orthopaedic specialist on Friday, to make sure that it's knitting fine. Then I'll start on a programme at the weekend."

O'Grady suffered his setback 13 weeks before Limerick host Tipp in the provincial semi-final.

That gives the centre-back plenty of time to be ready, but he added: "The problem is now. The league is getting serious and we don't know what's going to happen next year.

"We might not be going great performance-wise, but Dublin next weekend will be a good one.

"I should be back for Tipp but if the team is settled and on the back of a good league run, they might not find anywhere to squeeze me in."

Irish Independent

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