Hurling & Camogie

Cian Lynch expected to return for Limerick's clash with Tipperary

Cian Lynch's withdrawal against Clare was a precautionary measure and he will be fit to face Tipperary
Cian Lynch's withdrawal against Clare was a precautionary measure and he will be fit to face Tipperary

Limerick will have at least one of their injury-struck stars available for their return to action in just over a fortnight’s time against Tipperary.

Cian Lynch was withdrawn after 38 minutes of the All-Ireland champions’ loss to Clare last Saturday, but it was a precautionary measure.

While the two-time Hurler of the Year has been given the all-clear for the trip to Tipp, it’s also hoped four-time Allstar Seán Finn has avoided serious injury. The corner-back was shouldered off the field after going down with a knee injury in the final moments of the first half at the Gaelic Grounds.

“Cian has a minor hamstring injury, should be no more than a week or so,” said Treaty manager John Kiely yesterday at the launch of the Dillon Quirke Foundation fundraising drive.

“Seán Finn is gone for a scan this afternoon so hopefully we’ll have a clearer picture there tomorrow. Initial indications are that hopefully it is not too bad but we won’t know for certain until we have the scan results.”

Limerick are in the unfamiliar situation of having to recover from a first Championship defeat since 2019 after Clare snapped their 16-game unbeaten streak. Kiely stuck by his word to give the players a break after the game. The time off had been factored into their schedule months ago before the season had even started.

“I’ve left the players off for a few days. There’s no point badgering them or going after them to find out what they thought about different bits and pieces,” he said.

“More important is that they get away and relax and do their recovery. In terms of the review of the game, that will all happen in the next couple of days. We’ll present it to the players and we’ll move on.”

Kiely says the result won’t alter their approach once the players are back together either. The result is the result. We won’t do anything different. Whether it is a win or a loss, we’ll analyse the game the exact same way as we always would.

“We’ll report back to players and management the same way we always would, we’ll take the learnings from it.”