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Ankle op rules Callanan out of league opener
Tipperary hurler Séamus Callanan is to have surgery later this week on an ankle injury.

TIPPERARY’S SÉAMUS CALLANAN will miss the opening weeks of the 2012 National Hurling League with an ankle injury.

The Drom & Inch clubman is expected to go under the knife later this week for corrective surgery on a minor injury, ruling him out of Tipp’s Division 1 opener against All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on 26 February.

A source told the Irish Examiner that Callanan is likely to be out of action for “several weeks” while he recovers but insisted that there was no chance of the forward missing any championship action later this summer. Tipperary begin the defence of their Munster hurling title against Limerick on 27 May.

Callanan, 23, broke into the Tipperary senior panel in 2008 and quickly became a key member of the side’s attack, featuring in all three games of the All-Ireland final trilogy against Kilkenny.

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