Corbett likely to miss Limerick showdown, admits O’Shea

Friday, May 31, 2013 -Irish Examiner

By Diarmuid O’Flynn and John Fogarty

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea concedes Lar Corbett is facing a race against time to be fit to start Sunday week’s Munster semi-final against Limerick.

O’Shea last night described his chances of playing as “unlikely” as he has yet to return to full contact training after sustaining fractured ribs in the Division 1 final defeat to Kilkenny earlier this month.

“Larry is the only one who’s not training. It’s very difficult because it’s a rib, you just don’t know (when he’ll be okay) because at the moment he’s had no physical contact.

“To be honest with you, I’m not really thinking about him. I wouldn’t rule anybody out but he hasn’t done any contact — I’d be thinking it’s unlikely (he’ll play).

“It’s a slow injury and it could take six weeks. At this stage he’s just pucking around here and there. No contact, none.”

Both Corbett and JJ Delaney were red carded in Nowlan Park but availed of a rulebook loophole meaning they won’t miss next weekend’s openers.

O’Shea said it’s unlikely Tipperary would have appealed the red card had it meant a one-match ban.

“To be honest, I hadn’t thought of it. These sort of things, I’m old school. If the match is played, the match is played and the match is over. You shake hands with your opponent and you move on.

“Maybe other people were thinking about it but it just didn’t cross my mind. Now maybe it would have, I’m just saying that I see the matches as the matches and whatever happens, happens and then you go home and you start again. That’s being honest.”

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