Tipperary have suffered an injury setback ahead of their National Hurling League final this weekend in the shape of talisman Seamus Callanan.
Callanan picked up a broken thumb in the Premier’s victory over Wexford on Sunday. Although the All Star full-forward did play the full 70 minutes, he was seen struggling in pain after the game. Michael Ryan has confirmed that the Drom & Inch star will not be available for next Sunday’s clash with Galway and probably “three to four weeks” beyond that.
Speaking to The Tipperary Star, the Tipp boss said:
“He is frustrated. But I am fully aware that when you play a game you run that risk and we run the same risk every night in training.
“This is exactly what the panel is for. Somebody is going to benefit from it. It is unfortunate, but it creates an opportunity – somebody is going to start instead of him.
“Séamie is a starter and we can take that as read, but someone is going to get a jersey now that they may or may not have been expecting. This really creates an opportunity for someone.”
The 28-year-old marksman is expected to be fit for the All Ireland champion’s Munster Championship opener against Cork on 28th May.
Tipperary take on the Tribesmen in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Sunday in the Allianz NHL decider at 3.30 p.m in a repeat of last year’s All Ireland semi-final clash, preceded by the camogie final between Cork and Kilkenny.
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