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Timely Boost For Tipperary Ahead Of Championship Opener Vs Cork

GAA Hurling All Ireland Championship Semi-Final 17/8/2014 Cork vs Tipperary Cork’s Mark Ellis and Shane O’Neill with Seamus Callanan of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tipperary have received a timely boost this week ahead of their Munster SHC quarter-final with Cork on May 21st.

Talisman, Seamus Callanan has returned to full training following a broken thumb which he suffered in the national league semi-final victory over Wexford and looks set to be available for selection for the game in just over a week’s time, according to The Hogan Stand.

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Tipp launch the defence of their Munster and All Ireland titles from last year in Thurles on Sunday week when the Rebels come to visit and will welcome the return of Callanan with open arms. Most of Michael Ryan’s side performed well below par in their last outing, the national league final hammering at the hands of Galway in the Gaelic Grounds, and the team was certainly lacking the Drom & Inch star’s firepower up front.

After a number of brilliant showings in blue and gold in recent season’s, the 28-year-old has become a key component of his county’s success. A stand out performance being last September’s All Ireland final, where Callanan was man of the match having notched 0-13, 0-9 from play, the All-Star full froward went on to be nominated for Hurler of The Year.

Injuries have been piling up in the Premier camp over the past few weeks, most notbaly a hamstring problem for Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher which he sustained on club duty last weekend. Ryan and his backroom team will be sweating over the workhorse’s fitness for their championship opener while Niall O’Meara is also a doubt for the Cork clash.

Donagh Maher and John Meagher will definitely miss the game through injury.

Tipp will be looking to bounce back from the league final drubbing, in what was no doubt their most disappointing display since Michael Ryan took the reigns in 2016, with a commanding performance against Kieran Kingston’s side and they go into the game unsurprisingly as strong favourites.


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