Cathal Noonan/INPHO Limerick defeated Wexford in last year's All-Ireland U21 hurling final
Knockout Blow

One of Limerick's All-Ireland U21 winning heroes tears cruciate and will miss 2016 senior season

Bruff’s Sean Finn has been ruled out for the season.

THE LIMERICK SENIOR hurlers will have to plan this season without one of the 2015 All-Ireland U21 winning heroes that had been recently drafted in to TJ Ryan’s senior panel.

Sean Finn, corner-back on the U21 team that saw off Wexford in last September’s All-Ireland final, has been ruled out for the rest of the year after tearing his cruciate ligament, according to The Limerick Leader.

Limerick team huddle Cathal Noonan / INPHO Limerick defeated Wexford in last year's All-Ireland U21 hurling final Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Finn suffered the injury when in action for UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup last week, coming off in the first-half of their win against Mary Immaculate College after sustaining the blow.

The Bruff club man had been one of several U21 players called up to the senior setup at the outset of the season by TJ Ryan.

Finn came to prominence on the Limerick minor hurling teams that won Munster titles in 2013 and 2014, while also featuring in the 2014 All-Ireland final when Limerick lost to Kilkenny.

His injury is also a setback for the Limerick U21 team as they defend their Munster and All-Ireland crowns this summer, starting with a quarter-final against Cork on 28 June.

The Limerick senior side begin their Division 1B campaign in the Allianz hurling league on Saturday night against Wexford.

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