O’Mahony doubtful for Banner showdown


By Jackie Cahill


Monday June 30 2008

TIPPERARY’S inspirational centre half back Conor O’Mahony has emerged as a major injury concern ahead of the Munster senior hurling final showdown with Clare on July 13.

O’Mahony’s chances of starting the Gaelic Grounds decider are rated at 50/50 after he damaged his left shoulder on club duty with Newport on Saturday evening.

O’Mahony was forced out of the clash with Ballina in Nenagh and taken to the local hospital, where X-rays revealed no break.

However, the man of the-match from the Munster semi-final victory over Cork has sustained soft tissue damage to the acromio-clavicular joint (a/c joint).

Tipperary County Board Secretary Tim Floyd, a club-mate of O’Mahony’s, revealed: "There’s nothing broken but it is a race against time now. There is soft tissue ligament damage and it is quite sore."

O’Mahony met with team physio John Casey yesterday but they may have to wait for a few days for the injury to settle before embarking on an intensive course of rehabilitation.


If O’Mahony fails to recover in time, All Star Declan Fanning could possibly slot into the centre-half back position.

Fanning won his All Star at full-back last year but has been squeezed out this season by Paul Curran’s form in the number three shirt.

Another alternative for Sheedy is to move Shane Maher from left-half-back to the centre, with Diarmaid Fitzgerald or Benny Dunne as options to come in at wing back.

Manager Sheedy has received a boost, however, with the return of Éire Óg’s Hugh Maloney to training.

Maloney has suffered three serious injury setbacks already this year, with both shoulders affected, but he now hopes that his injury problems are firmly behind him.

The versatile Maloney had been earmarked for a possible slot in the Tipperary half-forward line for the Cork game before disaster struck just weeks before the match when he suffered a fresh injury setback during club training.

Tipperary sources indicated that O’Mahony’s shoulder injury is not as serious as the problems suffered by Maloney, but bad enough nonetheless to now make him a serious doubt as the Premier County look to capture a first provincial senior crown since 2001.


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