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Bad news for Limerick hurlers as forward fails with red card appeal

Limerick are gearing up to take on Tipperary on 21 June.

The Limerick hurlers lining up before they face Clare.
The Limerick hurlers lining up before they face Clare.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

SEANIE TOBIN WILL now definitely miss Limerick’s Munster SHC semi-final with Tipperary on 21 June.

The Murroe-Boher forward took his case to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee last night after he was sent off against Clare in the provincial quarter-final but has been unsuccessful.

Tobin was sent off just seconds after coming on as a sub against the Banner County following a clash with Patrick O’Connor.

The CAC upheld a charge of striking or attempting to strike with the hurl and he must now serve a one-game ban.

Limerick are not expected to take Tobin’s case to the independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

Meanwhile, there is good and bad news on the injury front for the Shannonsiders.

Nickie Quaid’s collarbone injury will rule the Limerick goalkeeper out of the match but the news is better concerning David Breen and Paul Browne. All three were Munster senior hurling champions on the Limerick team in 2013.

The Effin netminder ended a run of unbroken championship games dating back to 2011 when he missed the quarter-final victory over Clare and while coach Paul Beary revealed that Quaid is making good progress, the Tipp game will come too soon for a return.

Apart from Quaid, Limerick are hopeful that they will have a full deck to choose from for the provincial crunch, with David Breen back to full fitness after a metatarsal injury.

Other problems look like clearing up in time, as Paul Browne is on course to feature after sustaining a shoulder injury on club duty with Bruff.

Graeme Mulcahy, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony, Stephen Walsh, John Fitzgibbon and Richie McCarthy picked up various injuries on club duty and in a recent challenge outing against Kilkenny but barring further complications in training, all will be in contention for starting places against Tipp.

With Quaid the only Limerick player definitely ruled out, the path is clear for Barry Hennessy to start his second full championship match, following his debut against Clare.

Barry Hennessy and Richie McCarthy with Shane OÕDonnell Barry Hennessy (left) in action against Clare. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Beary said: “Funny enough, we’ll actually be in a better position injury-wise for the Tipp match than the Clare game.

“Nickie Quaid isn’t too far off and with him back, we’d have a full compliment. Nickie is coming along very well in terms of his overall recovery.

Paul Beary Limerick selector Paul Beary. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“He’s gone back to light pucking, not back to full goalkeeping as such. It’s a fair acknowledgment of the guy that his recovery is fast-tracked and maybe highlighted by the way he looks after himself so well.

“He was expected to be 6-8 weeks but he’s coming back much sooner than expected.”

Quaid was injured in training back in April, and the severity of his injury required an overnight hospital stay.

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